Can you Dig it: 2015 by 2015
There’s been a lot of talk lately about urban farming. And why not? It’s a fantastic use of space and the benefits are not easily matched. Just think about it for a minute.
What did you have in your garden or on your balcony at the end of September? Annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses…anything else come to mind? Who had vegetables and herbs? Who still has some of that delicious pesto they made from their homegrown basil?
Growing a food garden is a fun and easy way to teach kids the importance of healthy eating and it gives them a better understanding of where their food comes from (i.e. it doesn’t just come from the store). Growing your own food also brings about a sense of pride: yes, I grew this! And when you share your abundance (and you will likely have some), the thanks you will get will only add to that pride.
Right now, in my area of York Region in Ontario, an organization called Seeds for Change has started a campaign to increase the region’s food gardens to 2015 by 2015. An incredible challenge, indeed, but one I think is feasible.
For more information on Seeds for Change, check out their website to learn about their programs, fundraisers, how to get involved, and how to donate. It only takes three food plants to become eligible, so sign yourself up if you’re in the area! Register now and make a pledge to yourself and Seeds for Change to grow your own food this season and at least for the next 2.
Even if you don’t live in the York Region (and I know that the majority of you don’t), a food garden is an excellent addition to any space and a great way to save money. You can mix your perennials with some tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, dill…the list is endless.