View Full Version : Inner City Community Organic Food Gardens
10-07-2005, 03:41 PM
why don't these exist on city blocks or parks? or do they? they don't here anyway.
why can't the city put public funds into these types of projects when they want to help cut down on local poverty/hunger, disease/healthcare, crime, education, unemployment, overall helplessness and their city asthetics?
or why don't they lease space to interested private parties for such improvements, instead of more and more unnecessary and offensive car dealerships and nasty, stench-filled fast food lots, etc?
~ just wondering... ;) ... but I suppose it would be considered too radical and not good for big busines$$. :mad: -
I wish I could find what Ann Wigmore had to say about this- I read it somewhere years ago- it made perfect sense.
I've lived in a middle-lower class slice of the inner city out in suburbia. It's basically what the people demand. You get what you deserve. There are more than 25 chinese food restaurants and even more bodega-type convenience stores.
I believe that the less government interference the better. The people have to want these things. It's just amazing how some people I know will whine about a bunch of organic bananas costing a little more but will drop eighty dollars for acrylic nails.
Yes part of it is big business but I do believe if more people put the demand out there for fresh produce and more 'Whole Foods' type grocery stores, they would come. I didn't have a job all summer and had no money. I didn't buy organic but I tried to get the freshest produce I could and guess what? The little korean grannies were only too happy to help.
Then again some people just aren't aware of another way. There's a rap saying called 'ghetto fabulous' where you're living in the ghetto so long you love it and it's the best life ever, crackheads and shooting aside. One of my dream projects if I ever had money would be donate cases of raw food books and yes set up an Ann Wigmore 'health camp' right in the midst of the worst nabes in America. It's worth the investment. I would also try to do the Ann Wigmore thing in prison too but that's another thread.
10-08-2005, 02:54 PM
One of my dream projects if I ever had money would be donate cases of raw food books and yes set up an Ann Wigmore 'health camp' right in the midst of the worst nabes in America. It's worth the investment. I would also try to do the Ann Wigmore thing in prison too but that's another thread.
yes! that's a fine idea and a good start.
ways to good health should become clear and affordable for those who can't afford expensive health retreats. ya know - no more 99 cents menus and white bread and little alternatives- no wonder everyone is sick and thinks they need assortments of noxious vaccines! :rolleyes:
Your idea reminds me of a documentary- that showed the results of a U.S. high school for "troubled teens" which switched their SAD lunch program to that of a primarialy raw vegan menu and, in a short time, it changed the whole school atmosphere for the better - for everyone. I do think it cost a bit more for the food but the overall cost was less in the long haul.
I would guess most people really would appreciate and learn to apply this knowledge of the truth given the chance-
people in general don't want to be kept in the dark- do they? most are tired of being sick and in pain or overweight - and most are tired of being lied to and ripped off by corporate chains of nonsense that seem to rule the planet on several levels- but everywhere has been so steeped in it for so long, that yes, it would take time to cultivate those changes-
and you are right, currently the truth is not commonplace enough for the majority to demand other choices.
Then again some people just aren't aware of another way.
yes, that's too bad for everyone~ :( and frankly, I hope there are new human rights laws (pollution oriented laws that is) put into place to cut out some of the bleed over of various infringements stemming from this sad lifestyle to protect and repect those who are taking their health into thier own hands-
ex: Not a day goes by that something offensive like... the neighbor guy unwittingly spraying raid all over my living space over and over.
Oh and here's a good one, I was almost gassed by the landlord who was - yes - using a leafblower inside our building in the hall corridor... my point is - if other people aren't being responsible for their health - that is their business- but it often grossly infringes on the health rights of others in ways unseen to the common eye... especially in the crowded inner city.
philosophizing concluded :D
I have some ideas. Liked your post and I am justing marking my place so I can list my ideas that are cheap and will help in this situation you've put forth.
10-10-2005, 11:09 AM
The reason there are not more "community" gardens in poorer urban areas is that simply, the powers that be would prefer to make money on more "important" projects like building more jails and dismantling schools and needed human services. It's a sad fact these days. Supermarkets tend to shun poorer areas and people there have to go way out of their way just to buy decent produce, so they end up utilizing the more readily available 7-11's and fast food joints. But there are those intrepid souls who buck the trend and work together in some of these areas. I have heard of community garden projects in the South Central Los Angeles area where young people are growing food and selling products (like spagetti sauce) to support needed educational programs and help for needy people. It CAN happen! I have so much hope for these things, in spite of the blocks put in place by politicos.
Many years ago people like the "Sproutman" and Viktoras Kulvinskas were trying to get people to grow "kitchen sprout gardens" in their homes. Perhaps now that there is a resurgence of interest in raw foods there will be a "living foods rennaissance" in our urban areas as well. All it takes are people willing to go there and start something.
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