Posted on 23 May 2008 by

Behold the Power of the Community Garden

By Michael Nolan

“Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Living in the South, I had somehow taken for granted that most people live somewhere with enough land around them to have at least a small garden.

I mean this is the South! Doesn’t everyone grow something here?

Turns out that I was wrong. Birmingham has a large urban population, much of it in lackluster apartment complexes and Section 8 housing.

Even before the economy tanked, thousands of people in my county were going without food, and to be honest I feel more than a little guilty that I only just found out about the several community garden projects going on within a twenty mile radius around the Magic City.

All over the world, community Gardens are responsible for not only feeding millions of people but also teaching them how to grow food and feed themselves. It follows closely that old saying that if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but when you teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.

My challenge to you today is a simple one. Seek out those community gardens in your area and offer to volunteer some time — even if it is only an hour or two a week. As gardeners I feel that we each have a responsibility to share our knowledge with anyone who might benefit from it, and what better way than to teach the less fortunate a skill that they will take with them for the rest of their life?

If you accept the challenge, I encourage you to share this post with friends and family with a mention on your own blogs. There is power in numbers and with the price of food making it more difficult for all of us to get what we need sometimes, I really feel the need to do something positive.

3 Responses to “Behold the Power of the Community Garden”

  1. Cindy Says:

    This is a great idea! I’d love to find such a group to volunteer with. Thanks for the idea, Michael!

  2. Michael Nolan Says:

    You’re welcome! Get out there and help other people get their hands dirty!

  3. Ordra Says:

    Where is the one in Birmingham located? How can I contact them?

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