March 6, 2013
Organic gardening, health through nutrition, sustainable living, independence from conventional factory-farming, raising healthy kids in tune with nature, simplicity.
I've just had experience with landscaping - flowers, ferns, bushes, etc., and pretty pots. I have constructed raised beds, but don't know what to put in them or how to go about gardening! Ha! So my plans are to raise herbs (love them!) and the veggies my family eats regularly: tomatoes, squash, zuchinni, brocilli, carrots, leafy greens, maybe some green beans. I want to learn how to compost, catch rainwater, and companion plant to deter pests (troublesome bugs). I'm passionate about local, organic food, but frustrated because it is so sporadically available in my area (sometimes, it isn't available at all). After reading reams of studies on GMO's, I will not feed them to my family. As so much conventional produce is now genetically engineered (tomatoes, squash, & zuchinni come to mind), I'm going to reclaim some control of our food sources and grow our own! Then I have hopes to continue the movement by empowering others to grow their own food.
Tremendously. After researching and writing a paper comparing events surrounding the Great Depression and our current economic situation, I became convinced that we all should take steps to become more self-sufficient. During the Depression, families that gardened fared much better than those in cities that did not have access to gardening. Victory gardens also come to mind; during WWII 40% of our nation's food came from family garden plots, often urban. I believe urban gardening is one answer to mounting economic pressures and the pitfalls of factory farming, that depletes our soil and offers less nutrition and a high toxic load for our bodies.
Hi! I've lived in the metroplex about 15 years, and love this area. I'm super excited about the citizen gardener class, and can't wait to learn how to grow my own (organic!) food!
Very needed and timely. I can see this movement spreading from county to county.