Non-Profit Community Urban Agriculture

Many of us already have edible plants in our front yards. We may have trees that bear guava, persimmon, or lime. Most of the times the tree bears too many fruits, and much of the fruit ends up rotting and being thrown away. There would be no need for this if people could find a space to share their fruits, herbs, and vegetables. A publicly acceptable date, place, and time to exchange and give away produce is something that doesn’t cost any money and provides many benefits. An idea would be to have a place for the neighborhood to meet, perhaps a Church, or a Community Center, and a day, perhaps the last Sunday of every month, wherein people could exchange and give away what they grow. This would be non-profit, in other words, free, and it would provide a place for people to interact and get to know each other. Let’s call it, for example, “Harvest Weekend.” This would build a stronger and healthier community.

 

Beside the front yard, what are the options when it comes to growing edible plants for people with appartnment buildings or for the city at large? There’s already examples out there of people successfully growing food in an urban community. Some people like to grow plants in pots in apartment buildings, others like to grow a garden in the roof of their house, and still others organize massively to create a greenhouse in the otherwise unused roof of a parking structure.  Not to mention already existing Community Gardens. These are just a few examples of how people in the city make the most of their available space to create a garden that will help create community, increase health, and help the environment.

 

Feel free to share this idea with leaders in your area, and, like Bruce Lee said, take what is useful, leave what is not, and add what is distinctly your own.

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