In September 2009 I wrote:
by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem (Ghent University, Belgium)
If students of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. can do it in the street “to teach people who and where their food comes from through service learning.“, and people in Sulphur, LA are laying out a community garden, why don’t we construct a vegetable garden for every hungry family in the drylands? Wouldn’t that be the best investment ever to combat desertification and hunger in this world?
I hope this idea will be picked up by many student organisations and NGOs before the international agencies are taking the initiative to launch a “world programme on vegetable gardens“.
After all, if all over the world the so-called “guerilla gardening“-movement, allotment gardening and community gardening (see some former postings on this blog) shows that people react upon the food crisis by creating their own vegetable gardens at any available open space in the cities, time has come for decision makers to officialise this guerilla movement and multiply the small vegetable gardens at the largest possible scale.
As no special skills are needed, small kitchen gardens can be created everywhere in rural areas, but also in urban environment.
All those in favour, raise your hand (and your voice).
Willem Van Cotthem
‘Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the totality of those acts will be written the history of this generation.’
John F Kennedy
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