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
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
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
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
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
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.
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