|Sharing Gardens are growing -- around the world!|
Back around the New Year of 2012 we received a beautiful email from a young man in the Philippines, named Rey Mendoza. He had seen our Peak Moment video interview (LINK) and was inspired by our project. Faced with many similar challenges to those we experience here in the U.S., such as toxic agri-business farming practices, poor nutrition choices amongst people who just don't know any better, and a feeling of disconnect--a loss of community, Rey decided to start a Sharing Garden.
|The joys of gardening start young.|
|Bread Homes Sharing Gardens involves many children.|
Bread Home Sharing Gardens is a volunteer-run community gardening project in Davao City, Philippines open to people of all ages which practices and promotes an organic model of producing food and medicine. It also aims to educate and inspire others while building a community based on caring and empathy that will uphold the principle of sharing not only food and resources but also skills, knowledge, and other important things in life.
|Potatoes given out at San Francisco's Free Farm Stand|
The Free Farm is a garden started on land loaned by St. Paulus Church in San Francisco. Volunteers grow and harvest the produce while learning organic gardening techniques; much as we do at the Monroe Sharing Gardens. The food that is harvested, along with surplus from the local farmer's markets and produce gleaned in the city and from surrounding farms, is all brought to a public park and distributed weekly, free of charge, to any who come. In a recent email, Tree wrote to us, "Our project is similar to yours in that I am really trying to do more than just give free food away...I am trying to create a network of neighbors growing food and sharing their surplus with those in need."
|San Fran's Free Farm Stand gives away food gleaned and grown in the Bay Area.|
|Monroe Sharing Garden - July 6, 2012|
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret MeadHere are links to other posts we've previously written about garden-sharing projects:
The Generous Garden Project in South Carolina, USA
Todmorden, England - a whole village working towards food self-sufficiency.
|Yes we can grow celery here. Monroe, Oregon 2012|