This article is my fourth article in a series that suggest following a sustainable living protocol that takes into account a need other than saving the world. Food for the poor, has been and currently remains a problem in this world. For community town planners and other government officials to make provision for it even if only within a community and outskirts to begin with, would be a major step in the right direction to help solve world hunger issues.
“Free Food” – Is It Possible?
In the previous three articles, my suggestion was that individuals, neighbors, communities and schools could effectively make a significant contribution to help other people who are not as fortunate as those, and without casting judgement, by providing a free source of food from their own gardens, parks and schools.
Veggie Patch For All
I’m not trying to whittle away the farmer’s sources of their own income for I do not wish to see them on the breadline either. I’m merely suggesting that if we planted fruit trees along our garden fences that were accessible to a needy person who might be passing by, or veggies and berries in a patch with accessibility for those in need, there would be a source of free food for the poor.
The main focus of this article is to explore how the wider community can also begin to create more widespread and planned assistance in terms of a protocol for sustainability and helping our fellow human beings.
So, How About Propagating Fruit Trees On The Pathways and Road Sides?
We have so many pathways running through our towns, both in the country and in suburbia where our councils usually plant pretty trees and shrubs, and then you might find long sections with just grass. I wonder if anyone ever considered planting fruit trees and berry patches in amongst the other plants.
Beauty Or Bounty, That Is The Question?
It might not look as tidy and manicured, but it would serve a greater purpose. There is a beautiful avenue in a town in New South Wales called Grafton which at a particular time of year, boasts the most gorgeous display of purple from the entire avenue being devoted to the Jacaranda Tree. They even have a festival every year that entices visitors from all over Australia to go and visit during the time the trees are blooming. It’s a stunning carpet and canopy of purple, a lovely sight to behold.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with it, I just believe that if people can devote an entire avenue to a beautiful tree, why not devote others to growing whole avenues of fruit trees, why not both? Either a variety of quite a few, or one whole avenue per fruit type.
Our Roadways Could Be A Perfect Place To Plant Fruit Trees
What do we do with our roads, both country and suburban? They are usually lined with a spattering of grass that is generally just mowed every now and then with a few trees, possibly native, breaking up the mundane. There is a lot of spare land right there. Imagine a world where every second tree was a fruit tree of some kind and the other a native tree so that we don’t risk losing our natural trees as well. It would take some planning, I expect, regarding which trees to plant and when.
Mix It Up A Bit
There would most likely be a need to have them evenly spaced around so that plants that fruit in winter and plants that fruit in summer are still planted in the same general area. When this occurs, the trees might be planted in such a way that in a set area, there would at least be half of the fruit in season and ripening on the trees while the other half waited their turn to be ripened and picked, and all would be accessible at different times of the year.
What Would It Take To Pull Off?
These trees would pretty much take care of themselves while they were available for anyone to come and pick them at anytime. I’m just thinking out loud for the most part here because I’m still learning about trees and growth, and what requirements would be needed to actually make this possible, let alone any environmental consequences there might be from planting particular trees with other trees, I am feeling around in the dark hoping for a solution. I just really wish we could make it so.
Australian Roads and Highways Are Typical Examples Of The Kinds Of Vacant Land I Refer To
In Australia, we have big, long highways, as I’m sure you do in your own country, that are really quite boring to travel along. But if we were to plant trees all along them, it would look much prettier, especially if there were a selection of fruit trees growing in between the many native trees. Having different vegetation to look at would make our long drives in between townships more pleasing and break the monotony.
Feed The Workers Too!
I understand that the land adjacent to roads is usually owned privately, but those land owners could be approached and assisted to plant fruit trees along their fence lines I’m sure. Even if the land is farmland, this would be a small portion of the overall land that would be have been used for growing crops, and this would provide a snack for hard workers, or a small secondary income for those wishing to charge a small fee for some travelers to take fruit away with them.
Not to mention give shade to people working on the farm on a hot day, or drivers wishing to take a break in the shade of trees. This notion is looking more appealing by the minute and I am wondering why it’s not being done even now.
Safety First – This Must Be Always Be Taken Into Account.
I can imagine how having fruit trees along the highway would pose a serious safety risk seems we can’t have people stopping in unsafe places to go and pick the fruit. Also there are quarantines in place in between states so we can’t risk transfer of pests into another state potentially causing environmental impact. But that shouldn’t stop us from finding safe ways to do this. The solution would be to utilise rest areas or places that have very large, off road pull over zones to plant little groves of fruit trees. Travelers could have access to a refreshing piece of fruit and add a zing to their trip and palette, before setting off on the next leg of their journey.
Clean It First
I would recommend that people have on hand a way to clean the produce prior to eating, such as a vegetable wash, therefore reducing health risks from pesticides, pollution or bacteria, but if you have little means, even a bottle of water, or water and vinegar or lemon juice should help a little in cleaning the fruit.
Having roadside produce available for all, would provide a healthier option for our truckies to obtain a piece of fruit to eat instead of being tempted to eat fast food all the time. Our rest areas are sign posted as ‘Revive and Survive’ warning motorists to take a break from driving every 2 or so hours, and to take some kind of refreshment during this time.
Uplifting And Refreshing
Fruit certainly would be very uplifting and reviving and a person could easily pop another one in their vehicle for later on. If the quarantine restrictions were to be a problem, we could always revert back to the old rubbish bins on the side of the road to dump fruit in prior to crossing the border. I’m not sure about how we would go policing this particular aspect, however, these are considerations to be dealt with when planning something like this.
Trees Along The Highways Will Also Offer Healthier Eating Opportunities.
If we had access to such a variety of these fruits and vegetables, our need for take away stops would reduce considerably, therefore giving us a better choice in how we choose to snack. All in all a good idea, and it caters for that need mentioned earlier; food for the poor. But is it feasible? I know this would definitely take a lot of logistical and other organisational methods to come together as a workable option. I would love to hear what your own thoughts are about this. There are many things I simply don’t know, understand or have not thought about in terms of ‘how’ this would be achieved. Of course this may have an impact on employment or businesses, but it may also lead to other job opportunities.
I am interested to hear your thoughts on the concept I am raising here in terms of food for the poor and how town planning could take into account this problem to incorporate into their sustainable living designs. This is but an imagined world for me, so if you can see any foreseeable problems with implementing any or all of the suggestions I would be glad to hear them. Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.
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