“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.” ~ Ron Finley
In the 1960’s, when Cuba was cut off from world markets during the Cuban Missle Crisis, the Cuban people faced starvation in the wake of their collapsed economy. What did they do to survive? They made their communities as self sustainable as they could. Today, in a time of clear government corruption and economic instability, there is no better idea than creating self sustainable communities. Instead of projecting a doomsday future based on the plans of a few psychopaths, we the people must push for and demonstrate our desire for true and sustainable change. Because people always say they want change, but they don’t know where to begin. Here’s the answer:
Awakened, passionated and motivated individualds, in inner city communities especially, should organize an effort to start greenhouses and community gardens, demonstrate our loss of confidence in our representatives, we must make it clear that we truly want change, mobilize ourselves into gardeners, neighborhood watch, bakers, etc. Who else who do it for us? Do you think the next President is going to fund self sustainable communities? Or your current municipal representatives? Once we can eat for free, the sky is the limit. This is the lovelution.
– ENGAGE your community. The first seeds we plant must be mental seeds. Just talk to people about the idea of self sustainability and you’ll be surprised how many are on board. I’m doing it in the hood, so you can do it anywhere.
– RESPECTFULLY communicate your ideas for freenhouses and garden beds to building managers. Get their permission. It will be an ugly, futile battle to fight them from the start. Petition, have meetings, do what you must to get their support. If they fight every nice avenue, we mobilize protests outside of their offices.
– CONTACT local non profit groups for financial, educational and logistical assistance. In NYC there is a whole host of organizations that will help community garden groups once they have permission to build a garden. Some of them include: Greenthumb, NYPR, Bronx GreenUp, etc.