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Desert- and Swamp-busters: Community Gardens

The Artdog Image of Interest

Last week’s Image of Interest focused on the problem of food deserts and food swamps. This week, I’d like to focus on one of the solutions that can be used to combat them: the growing movement to create and cultivate–in ALL senses of the word–community gardens.

Community gardens are becoming increasingly popular for more very good reasons. Beyond helping lower-income communities stretch their food budgets and gain access to healthy food, which would be enough in itself, they:

Make good use of previously-vacant (often trash-plagued) plots of land. This is efficient, fights blight, and discourages crime.

Teach people of all ages practical skills they can use to improve their lives. This is why they’re an outstanding project for schools.

Bring communities together, because there’s nothing like gardening side-by-side to promote people talking with each other, creating friendships, and sharing ideas or skills.

Yes, I know it’s getting on toward winter in the Northern Hemisphere. But winter is the time to PLAN gardens. The infographic below, which promotes the annual Project Orange Thumb, sponsored by Fiskars, offers good starter tips. If you think you’d like to apply for Project Orange Thumb, the next call for applications probably will go out in January.

Plant a Community Garden

IMAGES: Many thanks to Suburban Stone Age, via Pinterest, for the image-with-quote about tomatoes, and to Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb, for the infographic about community gardening. 

Something special

The Artdog Quote of the Week

The “something special” is the kind of meeting of minds we think about in the days of the salons, when clusters of brilliant people hung out together and created amazing things. But the synergy that forms when creative people gather in a mutually-energized group transcends any single historical period. It is the fuel that feeds artistic movements, renaissances, and breakthroughs in almost any field.

As we enter this month of July, when my fellow Americans and I celebrate our nation’s birthday, we particularly need to bend our creative powers to a coming-together between diverse groups. Progressives and conservatives, old and young, immigrant and those whose roots have grown deep in one place for generations–our communities and our country needs us all.

The American spirit is one of strength and capability, of innovation and resourcefulness–something we can only achieve when we bring a diverse range of talents and knowledge and points of view to the table.

Let’s get together for the good of us all, and then let’s get creative.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Brainy Quote, for this nugget of wisdom from Joy Mangano.

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