Solutions: Guerrilla Gardening (video)

01/15/20155 Comments

The problems are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The solution should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. Join us today as we explore this simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.

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  1. ebajda says:

    I’m a permaculture practitioner and have been listening to you for a while and I’m very excited that you’re addressing this issue on your show and hearing voices of people like Joel Slatin and Ron Finely. Thank you! There are many great people around the world that engage in this kind of activism to inspire you to practice on your own. With some experience and local plant knowledge you can turn the city parks and streets into a food forest like or are doing. Japan’s Masanobu Fukuoka in his book, The One Straw Revolution said, “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” So keep trying, it can only get better.

  2. It’s good to look at the alternatives and increase our self-sufficiency, but this needs to be balanced with a realistic look at cost and convenience. Even ignoring junk or processed foods… just growing vegetables yourself is more expensive and time-consuming than simply going to the grocery store or farmers’ market. The vast majority do not have the time, know-how, dedication, or tenacity to engage in such a project. The yields are small. Feeding a family is a larger project than a backyard garden.

    I don’t mean to poo-poo the idea. My family always had a vegetable garden growing up (my parents still do) and was a great learning experience, as well as a complement to our food supply, although not a replacement.

    We shouldn’t discount the advantages of a free market economy, which are specialization and division of labor. Not just with food, but with all our material needs and wants. It’s a tempting reaction to withdraw from society, get “off the grid”, if the system is corrupt. But … why should THEY get to keep this wonderful system of voluntary trade? Why should WE leave, isolate ourselves, and not partake of the economic benefits of interacting with our fellow humans?

    Opposed to GMO foods? Don’t buy them. There aren’t any labels? Let’s start a voluntary verification and labeling organization. We can at least know which foods do NOT contain GMOs. Are there not enough healthy choices in supermarkets? Let us demand them with our dollars. The organic-focused supermarkets in my city source many of their products locally. There are also a number of farmers’ markets to choose from.

    I know these solutions and guerrilla gardening are just some of many alternatives to the current situation. I just want to propose that efforts at improving free trade may bear more fruit than efforts to go local or go it alone, due to the huge economic (and convenience) difference… just as globalization is not bad per se, if it is based on voluntary trade, and localization is not good, if based on coercive force.

  3. Debra says:

    James, great video. Thank you for pushing the idea of guerrilla gardening. To grow our own food is taking back control over our food and groom a peaceful revolution that cannot be controlled by the ruling establishment.

    Why have we lost our ability to grow our own food successfully? I agree, it was taken from us by design for corporate profit. Family farms were replaced by mono corporations and our backyard gardens replaced by manicured nonedible landscapes, thank you Sunset magazine.

    Permaculture has proven food abundance with little effort. Sepp Holzer’s is one of many teachers paying this knowledge forward. He is one of many teachers that has reintroduced hugelkultur, an ancient gardening technique that can be used to offset drought conditions. Not only that hugelkultur can be applied almost anywhere with wonderful results in any size garden, patio pots included. Check it out.

    I also hope to expand my knowledge in edible weeds and highly recommend a beautifully illustrated book authored by John Kallas. ‘Edible Wild Plants’ which will guide the reader to safely identify tasty and nutritional wild plants free for the picking. The Round-Up generation could actually stop spraying it and start eating it. What a concept.

    In my opinion growing your own food IS much like printing your own money. I strongly believe it is a source of ‘real money’ much like precious metals and to top it off no cynical international banker holds the power to manipulate its value, not if it’s growing in your garden.

    James, best of luck to you with your patio garden. Your son will thoroughly enjoy the experience. Mine did. The only downfall is that little ones love to eat harmless earthworms. Why? I haven’t a clue. But I do know if a child is involved in growing it, they’ll pick and eat it with great pleasure.

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