Food For The Poor – Wider Sustainable Living – Within Town Planning

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?

Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor

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?


Plant trees, Food-for-the-poor

Avenue of Jacaranda Trees

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



Pathway lined by orange trees, sounds wonderful

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


food for poor

A typical highway with plenty of space to accommodate a few fruit trees.

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.



Have a Vegetable Wash of Some Sort On Hand

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.


Thank you for reading


Warm Wishes




10 Ways To Go Green

Here are 10 ways to go green by making some simple changes on a daily basis in your choices or actions to reduce the waste and carbon emissions impact on the planet. There are many ways to take action but as a starting point, here are 10 ways to go green. If you are looking to make a good start on changing the current state of affairs, just doing these simple things will still cause change to occur. Even if it doesn’t seem as if your little contribution will do much, imagine then if millions of people all over the world were doing this too. Now it doesn’t sound so hard to conceive does it?

10 Ways To Effect Change


1. Artificial vs Fresh

Instead of Atificial

You could use what these people did. Just some branches in a vase.

Forget about buying artificial plastic flowers and plants to decorate your home, choose potted plants and fresh flowers. Potted plants help clean the air and provide more oxygen to your home. Fresh flowers may decay quickly but they have beautiful aromas and they don’t sit around in dumps for many years before breaking down.

Better yet, grow your own flowers and reduce the strain flower growing industries place on the environment by mass production and clearing of land. Branches and leaves can also make lovely decorations in your home, such as in this image. Chinese Lucky Bamboo looks very effective in a glass jar in just water and keeps for a long time. To pretty it up add some decorative stones, glass pebbles or shells perhaps.

2. Give Disposable Batteries The Flick


Batteries are one of the worst throwaway and non-environmentally friendly items around. Although at first it can be quite costly to change over to buying rechargeable batteries and a charger, it is well worth the investment if you are considering lessening your environmental impact. I prefer to buy items that don’t require batteries or that have a charging cord attachment. The less batteries used and discarded, the less there are in our land fill.

They are also a choking hazard to small children and may cause harm due to leakage. There have been some deaths with small children ingesting them and having them leak into their stomachs.

3. Revamp And Revive Pre-Loved Clothing


What about changing what you do when thinking of purchasing new clothes? So many people buy new yet never consider sprucing up an article of clothing they already own. Try recycling your own clothes to freshen them up, or make them look different. Buying at a second hand store such as a thrift store once again lessens the chance that the clothes will end up as landfill. Also give your pre-loved clothing to a thrift shop so that they aren’t just being cast away never to be useful to anyone else again. Not only will you be helping the environment but you are helping a homeless or poverty-stricken person keep warm next winter.

 4. Go Paperless


Gold Wedding Rings

Gold Wedding Rings

Are you getting engaged, married or having a celebration of some kind where you might be looking at buying invitations and having them printed on paper? If this is you, why not make them creatively on your computer and email them instead? If you must, print them on recycled paper or cardboard. Less trees will be cut down if people begin choosing this option rather than continue to use paper and cardboard for something that will usually just be thrown in the garbage if not immediately, but eventually anyway.

If you own a business, try giving electronic receipts and also opt for paperless whenever you can. When needing Bank statements, government letters, quotes and tickets, these can mostly be sent as an electronic statement or receipt. Choose these options and save many trees. This will also reduce pollution as well.

 5. Snack Attacks?

Fruit and nuts, the healthy snack

Fruit and nuts, the healthy snack


Are you a snack-a-holic? Take note of the packaging of the snacks you buy to see if they are recyclable. Change to snacks that have adopted the use of recycled or recyclable packaging instead of packages that don’t degrade in a short time. Include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to snack on instead of carbohydrate and fat loaded highly processed snacks. It is very difficult to make such a change but do what you can and it will be a win for you and the planet.

For me personally, I’d like to try to grow my own fruit and then look into buying a dehydrator so I can keep some of my surplus fruits as dried fruits and give away or sell the rest. It’s a much healthier option for a snack, full of vitamins and minerals.

6. Water Is King, Treat It So!


They say western society particularly needs to drink more water. Do you opt for buying bottled drinking water? The plastic bottles that water is sold in are doing the environment more harm than good. Many people buy packs of a dozen or two dozen bottles of water. That’s a lot of plastic bottles to be recycled. Some people may buy a container of filtered water and use their own bottle to fill it, which has a less damaging effect on the environment. Try refilling the empty bottles with water and reuse them a few times before trashing them. If you can afford it, invest in a water purifier or filter of some kind and buy stainless steel drink bottles. This minimises a huge amount of potential rubbish that will take years to degrade if other alternatives, namely the popular fizzy drinks, milk and juices that many of us drink instead of water, continue to be drunk and cast aside.

7. Recycle Old Furniture or Pallets.


Pallet furniture - recycled

Pallet furniture – recycled


I have seen so many pictures on Pinterest, Facebook and other sites that give you step by step instructions on how you can use old furniture or pallets and turn them into something artistic, decorative and practical. Just yesterday I saw how someone had taken old dresser drawers, painted them up and hung them on the wall as shelving. They looked absolutely fabulous and so versatile. Pallets have been made into garden furniture and off ground vegetable patches too. Their versatility is only limited by our imaginations. If you have any old pallets laying around the place, put them to good use.

8. Turn Off Your Lights And Appliances When Not In Use.


Believe it or not, light globes contribute to gas emissions that are disrupting our atmosphere. Our white goods, TVs and anything else that runs off electricity is also a culprit in increasing green house gases and producing a global effect even though we are only one mere tiny little house among billons. Start finding ways to change this. Convert to LEDs or CFLs, turn appliances off at the wall socket and unplug them, yes, even if they are not running, and still sitting in the socket, apparently they still use electricity.


9. Make More Recipes From Scratch.


Avoid purchasing all of those heavily processed food items such as take aways, or prepackaged sauces and meals in a can. Start making your favourite sauce recipe from scratch. The less people that are buying these foods, the less packaged food will need to be produced, companies will be forced to reduce the amount manufactured. In turn, there will be less carbon dioxide emissions destroying our atmosphere. This will take time and planning but it will eventually become much more easier when you have on hand your best homemade sauce, soup or even juice recipes. Try making larger batches of them to freeze and save time the next time you make something. There are many stock bases that can be used for a wide variety of recipes.


10. Convert Your Personal Care and Cleaning Products.


Swap your cleaning stuff for environmentally friendly cleaners

Swap your cleaning stuff for environmentally friendly cleaners

There are so many chemicals in our cleaning, personal care and cosmetics that are simply no good for you and no good for the environment. There are many products available to purchase that are considered clean and green products due to the commitment of the companies who manufacture them to avoid harmful ingredients and also to having a conscience.

I have been swapping out chemicals for a while now. Sometimes I use ready made products that I purchase through either of two companies that I trust, or I use essential oils that I buy from one of these companies to make my own products. The same is true for all of my personal care products, I buy from either of these companies or I make my own. I’ll be putting up some of my recipes for these in other articles.


So here they are, 10 ways to go green, and so easy to put into place and they will not break the budget.

Save the planet,

save your skin,

and we’ll all find out

it’s win-win!

What other things do you do in your own homes to go green? Please share them in the comments section below and let’s help others do the same.

Warm Wishes




Food For The Poor – Wider Sustainable Living – In The Community

This is my third article related to providing food for the poor intermingled with the concept of using a wider sustainable living protocol to serve the double purpose of producing food for those in need: another problem we face in this world. My first article addressed how we as individuals, can create a food surplus instead of shortage by embracing some ideas in providing free food. Working together as a community, may prove very fruitful if you will pardon the pun, for people who are in need and could do with a helping hand. In this article, I will provide some further examples of ways in which this time, an entire community may be able to introduce this idea of feeding the poor.


Use What We Already Have!


Make It A Community Event


Food for the poor

Surrounding this play area with fruit trees along its edges, would not take away from the enjoyment or space to play of the children

There are big, wide open places such as parks and botanical gardens, free camping grounds and beach, lakes or river fronts, that would be a perfect place to build some groves of fruit and nut trees, vegetables, fruit such as berries, and herbs, etc.

I don’t expect the whole area to be turned into a giant veggie patch, but I do think that allocating a small area of it for a community garden and orchard would be an ideal place to start making the community more aware and considerate to its fellow citizens who may be struggling.


Get The Kids Involved


This is not just nurturing our children to be physically active doing walks around the garden paths and playing on the park equipment, but also they would be being encouraged to be physically active in the planting, growing and harvesting of these areas.

They not only get to play, but they are educated too, not only for this, but should ever the need arise that they are in a survival situation, they will have the knowledge and skills to feed themselves. Particularly if they are involved in the planting, care and picking of the fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget the surplus can be sent to other areas in need or even other countries to eventually feed an entire world. Well, that would be my hope in my suggesting this anyway.


Form A Committee To Share The Decision Making And Planning



Community Project. Image courtesy and copyright of David Hawgood

Once the decision is made to turn a section of a park or other ground space into a communal garden, the council could form a committee designated to be in charge of sorting out maintenance and upkeep needs.

Perhaps establish an encouragement of a Friends of The Park committee for example, where they have the community play a role in the building and planting and looking after it side of things. There would just as easily be events such as fundraisers if equipment is needed to be purchased.


Working Bees Are Popular


Perhaps working bees with a lunch provided could be useful in getting people there to help with the details of what to do with it once it has begun to grow and flourish. It is possible that these efforts may reach some of the very people who the garden is directed towards helping and might bring them on board to join in as well.

This way they would get a meal, learn some skills to grow their own food, but also give them a sense of being able to be useful, or even a way to feel as if they are ‘earning their keep’ if they feel shame or guilt for their situation, and are too proud to ask for help, or simply to learn a new survival skill.


People Want To Help


I realise these ideas are a bit of a long shot but you find in a community, there are always people willing to take on responsibilities such as these. School P&Cs are a prime example of this kind of committee at work. There are many different kinds of committees that could be created for occasions such as these, just as I am sure there already are many varieties in action right now.


It Is Not For Us To Sit In Judgement, Let’s Do Something Useful Instead



Anubis Casts Judgement on a Citizen

I don’t know how this would work in reality, and there may be some who simply take it for granted and choose not to help, but they may also have very good reasons and we should not judge them for it.


Good For The Soul


Perhaps some of them may find it helpful to offer their services to assisting with the garden on a regular basis. It may fill a basic human need for them. I feel this would build confidence and self esteem in someone who might otherwise have been very down on themselves.


Rally The Community


What a way to foster communities rallying together to support one another instead of everyone having the attitude of every man for himself?

The world is changing, more people are doing good things for others, if every community did just this one small thing, we would raise the vibration of the entire Earth because in theory, people would be happier overall, we would have less starving people, and there would be less stress over making ends meet, less crime and less angry people around.


Schools, The Perfect Place To Shape And Mold Our Future


I wrote an article about educating our children on the importance of keeping our environment green and part of this was incorporating and growing your own garden at the school and using that for a great many lessons in turn from this project. We really need to educate our children about these sustainable living practices, they will most likely be living self-sufficient lives in the future at some stage and they would gain such valuable information, insights and skills once they have a project such as this to get them outdoors and into nature, getting their hands dirty and producing a living, edible plant at the end of it all. Plus obtaining a healthy dose of much needed and often lacking Vitamin D along with an all important means of exercise.


Plant Not Only The Seeds That Produce Food, But Plant the Seeds Of Life


Food for poor

Gardening, even the Children can help

There’s something amazing watching the growth and development of flora that you have planted the seed for, nurtured and raised from a seed or seedling, and seeing it going through its stages of growth until it is ready for picking and eating. It even tastes better to the young palette, if they have grown it themselves. The same could be said for all of us adults too.


Education Is Key!


Part of their education around this whole ‘helping a citizen of lesser means have food in their stomach’ could be an excursion to go and donate what they’ve grown to a soup kitchen for the homeless, or perhaps give the food themselves to a church that is involved in helping the lesser fortunate people in their congregation.

Volunteering at one of these places may help them see these people as people and not just the person who they pass on a park bench on a cold morning, tucked up under their newspaper blanket.



Change Our Hearts, Change Our Future



Change Your Heart, Grow Wings and Fly

I believe this fosters a sense of community caring attitude and if we can instill that in our children at a young age I do believe we can change their futures into a much happier place before they even arrive there. This may well be a turning point in the lives of our children and in our future, because while we live in a world of hatred and ignore the people who have become down and out, homeless, or unemployed for whatever reasons, how can our children be happy, at peace or even non-hating themselves?


Think Of The Future


What we breed now, they take with them into their future when we are long gone from their lives. Let’s start now and teach our children to grow. Grow plants, grow food, grow loving natures, grow kindness, grow love, grow to live in a wonderful future that we have helped them to create. Provide what our population needs. Food for the poor. Let it be done in combination with a sustainable living in mind and we have just created a perfect world.


Think Of The Possibilities


What do you think? Is it possible to grow food for the poor as part of a wider scale sustainable living plan within a community? What would we need to put into place to make this happen? What would we need in terms of studies and finances? What other ideas spring to mind, please add them to this discussion at the bottom of the article. We definitely need seeds to plant so while were are on this subject, please remember to avoid using GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seeds and look towards a better, brighter and healthier future by reintroducing the heirloom varieties that have had no tampering and are more suited to our bodies. That is the true way to sustainable living.


Thank you for reading this article, and please continue on to my next article where I will discuss how town planning can begin be put in place to work towards similar goals.


Warm Wishes,




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Food For The Poor – Wider Sustainable Living – As Neighbors

Avocado, Food for the poor

Avocado – nearly a complete food itself

This article is my second “Food for the Poor” article in a suggested sustainable living protocol that goes that little bit further towards improving how humanity interacts with each other. The idea is that it incorporates the values of what it means to be self sufficient and maintain sustainability worldwide, into a project to help the lesser fortunate people in their communities and eventually the world. Accessible food, is a provision that I think every individual and the wider community should strive to embrace where possible.


Self Sufficiency Is Not All About You!


I realise the whole meaning of self sufficiency for most people means looking after oneself, but I would hope that does not equate to not watching out for other people and allowing our fellow humans to suffer. I for one, would NOT like to live in a world like this, where a man would allow a neighbor to starve due to selfishness, instead of reaching out to that neighbor and helping him when times are tough. This encourages good will toward every man and if that person needs help themselves, at least they have good karma coming back to them in terms of the other person’s gratitude and therefore likeliness to want to help him back.


My Call To Action Is To Change The World If We Can


Acts of kindness can go a long way to forging a new and much more peaceful and happier path for the future of this planet. If we can get along and help each other as neighbors in a town, why not then, assume we can get along as neighboring countries? I believe once people are happier and begin to actually look out for one another, there will be a positive change worldwide that will be tangible and lead to much better quality of lives all around. Call me an idealist, but if nobody thought this way then we wouldn’t get very far as a population and I’m sure this is the very reason that we haven’t all killed each other off by now, because a large number of people do think this way. So when you can, please consider handing out free food, our surplus may influence another person’s whole existence.


What Is Preferable? Watching Children Becoming Nutritionally Deficient, Or Lending A Hand?



“Here, please take some tomatoes”

I know what I would choose, what about you? Think of it this way, we could stand by and watch a homeless person, or a young mother struggling to feed her children if a loss of job has affected them, or we can take action and give them something to eat without their pride being hurt. I say this because many people will not ask for help, but if they can see that something is there to be taken, such as a person offering up their ‘spare’ fruit and veggies for anyone to dig in to, they would be more likely to take this opportunity to eat. Especially if other people were seen to be helping themselves as well, or even if the person giving the food away was to physically hand out the food initially until the people who need it felt comfortable enough to just take it when offered..


Still Keeping It Green!


In doing this, we would also be encouraging a sustainable living lifestyle through keeping the ‘green’ on our Earth and giving ourselves a food source in which to help us financially too. By using the word ‘financially,’ I am referring to the fact that if we grow our own food, we will need less money to spend on purchasing the same items from a store. We could effectively cut our cost of living down by substantial amounts simply by growing our own food.


Love Thy Neighbor


This whole concept of ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ can extend into other areas of food production and more. If you provided a source of food and gave the excess to your neighbors when there was an abundant amount, you could use your food to gain someone else’s extras.

For example you grow fruit and vegetables, yet your neighbor, or quite possibly that young mother struggling to feed her kids, has access to a cow for milk, cheese, butter items, and suddenly you can barter or trade produce and still have reduced monetary expenses related to food. This is not a new thing, it is done already all over the world, but less in western countries because that would be like going back to the ‘dark ages’ for some people who are not used to this. I know at this point I am one of them, not used to it. I am endeavouring to change that now by implementing small changes in the right direction.


Now Suddenly We Are All Becoming Healthy Again


If we lived like this we would be literally eating much more healthily than if we were relying on all the processed foods in the store and not making the effort to make our own items such as stocks, sauces, and yes, even snacks. One of the best healthy lifestyle dietary choices is to choose to have 80% raw or whole foods and only 20% cooked. Eating all of these fresh fruit and veggies would be beneficial in so many ways and on so many levels, including strain on the health care system.


Avocado Ice-cream? Who Knew?


Avocado Ice Cream

There are so many more healthy snack and other food items available to you by living in

this way, that you could cut down costs even more by learning how to make many of these things yourself. For example, I recently heard that you can make ice cream from avocado.

Now there’s a good idea on how to use up surplus avocados. Imagine that? Using left over fruit to make a delicious ice cream snack that you might otherwise have paid a considerable amount for an item that is not even really a whole food by the time it undergoes all the processing. Or, going back to the neighbor friendliness, trade avocado ice cream for some treat they have made with their own surplus.


It Takes Commitment

Once again, I admit that this is looking at the situation with rose coloured glasses on, because to actually bring this lifestyle into being would take the commitment of many people, possibly and entire world population to achieve. However I do believe it is possible to encourage behaviour such as this between neighbors and the community. In fact this is the way most of those self-sufficient communities choose to live, by all working together as one unit to feed everyone in the community.


Is It At All Possible? Who Knows? But At Least We Are Doing Something!


I really hope providing food for the poor becomes a reality and that starting individually or as neighbors becomes the first step people take towards bringing it into the wider sustainable living concept. Let me know in the comments section what problems you can see in the planning or environmental aspects. I am just one person with a dream, with not so much knowledge of the finer details, maybe if we raise some questions, there may be some people able to find a solution to it so we can realise this new world.


Thank you for reading


Warm Wishes