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.
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!