Urban gardening is a subject I get really, really excited about. I am constantly urging people to try growing food for many reasons: a stronger connection to the Land and its cycles, a stronger connection to your food and where it comes from, good healthy work outdoors, important lessons for your kids on ecology and biology and the interconnectedness of life… the list goes on an on.
This article over at Grist I felt had some great ideas, but as usual, even more great ideas and thoughts are in the comments. Urban gardening is all about using “trash spaces” and abandoned plots for gardening, is of course important and exciting. Suburban gardening is a whole wide-open area of development and land-use change that isn’t getting as much attention. Think of how many apartment commons are just grass, how many suburban neighborhoods have huge stretches of grass that has to be mown regularly but never sees much use?
Each and every stretch of grass is a potential community garden.
This is not going to be a quick process, and I am not in the “I think this needs to happen, so let’s pass a law! Let’s get a grant!” camp. I have already started by putting two small 8×4 beds in my apartment complex’s community commons and inviting more people to join me. What can you do?