April Gardening Challenge Round 6: Share the Bounty

I pinky swear to you that Graham Kerr himself was going to do this blog post but I just realized today that it’s the last day of April and didn’t manage to catch him in time to write it, so I am posting this on his behalf.

I met Graham at the Seattle Flower and Garden Show, where he was speaking about his latest book, Growing at the Speed of Life, a Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden. In it, he chronicled his first garden with the same sense of humor and energy that he’s brought to every cooking project he’s done. In case you were wondering if that sincere sense of caring and compassion he displays on screen is real – it absolutely is. In fact, it led him to create his EGGS Carton Club Challenge, which is the final April gardening challenge for you.

EGGS stands for Eat, Grow, Gather, Share.

  • Eat more plant foods, especially those grown locally using best practices.
  • Grow more edible plant foods in our yards or some other convenient, shared space.
  • Gather together to prepare and enjoy the vegetables and fruits in creative ways.
  • Share the potential abundance of our gardens with those left out of the normal distribution of goods and services in these rapidly changing times.
  • In short, the embodiment of both the urban farming and food justice movements. Eating more plants helps reduce our carbon footprint. Growing more plant foods ourselves helps us regain control over our food supply. Gathering together allows us to share the bounty that we are able to create, as well as the knowledge and inspiration to encourage others to do the same. Sharing the abundance of our gardens with those who otherwise don’t have access to nutritious food is a necessary action to change the food system.

    You can share the abundance by forming a buying club to get prices down, planting a row for the hungry, or donating your excess produce to a local food bank. One other way to share is to help sponsor or create a school garden. Access to nutritious and healthy food habits should not belong to the upper middle class and until we nourish and inspire others, we cannot effect real change.

    Here is a glimpse of Graham in his garden in 2010.

    And Joshua’s post on how we run our produce buys.

    I hope Graham’s challenge inspires you. Don’t be a bad egg – share the change!

    2 Responses to April Gardening Challenge Round 6: Share the Bounty

    1. Just recently found this blog and will be join in the challenge on my personal blog but wanted to comment here about a specific project im involved in. We are following this ideal as a member of the Transition Coventry I have been helping to set a CSA outside Coventry. We have the early crops in the ground and have just employed a professional grower as several acres is rather a lot for us to do on our own. The CSA is very much going to be run for the members by the members and creating a community and getting more people involved in how their food grows is as important as the vegs boxes.

    2. Just found this. I just did my garden share last night. A friend really wanted a garden but has no experience at all. I tried out some new tips and tricks of companion gardeing and square foot gardening and planned out a garden for her. I was able to plant (and teach her how to plant) her entire garden with my extra seeds and seedlings). She is so excited! I am going to go over every week or two to help her identify what are weeds to pull and how to take care of the vegetables as they come up.

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