If you saw my TEDx San Antonio talk today with Holly Hirshberg and wandered over here to RW&G, then you might also want to take a look at this project up in Long Island.
This is precisely the type of plan that could come about from my charrette idea. And it’s inspired by a garden-centered “origin story,” too–victory gardening.
With the backdrop of nearly 283,700 individuals across Long Island having sought emergency food assistance in 2009 from two of the regions largest providers, members of the Long Island Victory Garden Task Force presented their findings and recommendations on Tuesday to the Suffolk County Legislature on ways to promote community gardening in Suffolk as an attempt to fight hunger, malnutrition, obesity and the preventable diseases linked to it.
“We have used the term ‘Victory Garden’ because of the significant role Victory Gardens have played during difficult times in our nation’s history,” the Task Force said. “These gardens helped to make families self-sufficient, provided food for the hungry, reduced dependence on much needed fuel, and united the people toward a common goal. To have a Victory Garden was to be a part of an important patriotic movement. The Victory Garden of past generations has now evolved into many different opportunities for natural, sustainable and accessible nutrition: Community Supported Agriculture; Community Farms; Community Gardens; and School Gardens. Suffolk County’s agricultural heritage has also provided us with a legacy of family farms.” [Read more]