If they do it in Washington, D.C. and Sulphur, LA, why don’t we do it in the drylands ? (Google / GW Hachet)

If students of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. can do it in the street “to teach people who and where their food comes from through service learning.“, and people in Sulphur, LA are laying out a community garden, why don’t we construct a vegetable garden for every hungry family in the drylands?  Wouldn’t that be the best investment ever to combat desertification and hunger in this world?

I hope this idea will be picked up by many student organisations and NGOs before the international agencies are taking the initiative to launch a “world programme on vegetable gardens“.

After all, if all over the world the so-called “guerilla gardening“-movement, allotment gardening and community gardening (see some former postings on this blog) shows that people react upon the food crisis by creating their own vegetable gardens at any available open space in the cities, time has come for decision makers to officialise this guerilla movement and multiply the small vegetable gardens at the largest possible scale.

As no special skills are needed, small kitchen gardens can be created everywhere in rural areas, but also in urban environment.

All those in favour, raise your hand (and your voice).

Willem Van Cotthem

‘Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the totality of those acts will be written the history of this generation.’

John F Kennedy

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Read at : Google Alert – gardening

http://media.www.gwhatchet.com/media/storage/paper332/news/2009/09/14/News/Students.Plant.Vegetable.Garden.On.H.Street-3770484.shtml

Students plant vegetable garden on H Street

by Elizabeth Hay
Hatchet Reporter

Most people know that George Washington was a revolutionary war hero, a founding father and America’s first president. Fewer know of his skills as a farmer.

But just like the name behind the University, a group of GW students have put their gardening skills to work in hopes of teaching people about the benefits of locally-grown food.

The GW GroW Community Garden had its first seeds planted Saturday morning. Located in the 2400 block of H Street across from Amsterdam Hall, the garden is the brainchild of the GW Food Justice Alliance, a new student organization founded in the spring of 2009 by a group of students from the College of Professional Studies graduate landscape design program.

Their aim is to teach people who and where their food comes from through service learning. The garden is a way to join GW students and Foggy Bottom residents, forging a new kind of community relationship through volunteering, group members said.

Amanda Formica, the project manager and president of the FJA, said the day was productive, as the group was able to plant three garden beds with an array of produce including lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, and turnips. She added that the group worked with the Mount Vernon Estate – where GW’s namesake lived – to choose produce that George and his wife Martha would have had in their gardens.

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http://www.sulphurdailynews.com/news/x244359955/Community-Garden-to-break-ground-September-19

Community Garden to break ground September 19

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Southwest Daily News

Sulphur, La. – The Maplewood-Hollywood Lions Club will break ground on the Sulphur Community Garden on Saturday, September 19, at 8 a.m. The event will take place at 3310 Maplewood Drive on Lions Club property.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, and lasting until the early afternoon, volunteers will create the first section of the Community Garden, which will eventually become a beautiful area with a bountiful harvest for Sulphur citizens to enjoy for many years to come. Phase one includes four raised beds in an area that will eventually have nearly 30 gardening plots of various shapes and sizes with walking paths, a gazebo, benches and displays of garden-art.

This phase of the Sulphur Community Garden is being made possible by a grant from Sempra Energy – including Cameron LNG and Liberty Gas and Storage. In addition to providing the monetary assistance necessary, Sempra employees will be volunteering to assist with the sweat equity needed to build the raised beds, run the water lines and begin the beautification effort.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.