Nomadic Community Gardens
By using a system of raised vegetable beds that are transportable we are able to identify spaces in local areas that are unused or awaiting development and with the correct permission install a garden practically overnight. The idea is to move with the changing face of the city and create gardens in spaces in the ‘meantime’ before something happens to them, most usually development. We want to utilise space as space in the city is becoming more and more restricted and offer these spaces for use by the local community to grow food, share knowledge and skills, build relations and care for their environment. We have seen how people are atomised, interacting more with their t.v’s than they do their neighbours and this leads to feelings of fear and anxiety. Community gardens are inclusive, open to all with no limit on age, gender or ethnicity and the only truly ‘multi-cultural’ places we have. We want to increase not only the biological diversity of an area but its social diversity too.
What we’ll do:
- Secure permission to use the land
- Build/install raised vegetable beds
- Supply compost, top soil and seeds
- Connect water
- Organise/ manage the garden
- Host activity days and skills sharing
- Watch the garden grow and when it’s time to harvest have a ‘cock-off’ for the community
Why it’s a great idea:
Growing your own and being a part of these kinds of spaces benefits us in so many ways. What matters most is quality of life and part of the frustration, alienation and powerlessness so commonly felt, especially in cities, can be attributed to our relationships; relationships to our environment and each other. A community garden is just the sort of place where these symptoms of the current, modern human condition are alleviated if not reversed. Not only is it good for your health- it gets you outdoors in the sunshine and the work is physical but what you reap is nutritious. It’s good for your wealth as growing your own is akin to printing your own money. And you learn or re-learn what is fundamentally a universal language, of food growth. It’s empowering to watch your efforts grow and then there’s the social side, where we are able to re-establish local support networks, rely on our neighbours and co-create a space that we share a responsibility for.
How we’ll get it done:
- Identify spaces and secure permission by approaching landowners with our proposal
- Canvass local opinion and support for the idea
- Register interest of members who want to get involved
- Ask local businesses to help support the project through donations of materials
- Build the garden with the help of the local community
- Help manage the garden and organise events the residents can get involved with
Each garden will be different in character and operation depending on the size of the site and the wills and wants of the people using it. We want each space to grow organically from the interaction and relationships it is based upon. We hope eventually people will hear our story and be inspired to do something similar for themselves where we only need supply them (if that) with a replicable model to get their gardens started. We hope growing a vegetable will be a catalyst for the systemic change humanity so clearly needs. Let’s start from the ground up, at the grassroots, with dirt under our fingernails, where we have always started and re-gain what we have dearly lost- our connection to the land, each other and the intimate knowledge that allows them to commune harmoniously with one another.