Archive for March, 2009

D-Day (1,000 New Gardens Dig Day)

On Saturday April 11th, 1,000 New Gardens’ volunteers will take the first step towards revitalizing Missoula’s legacy as the Garden City. We will remove sod and turn the soil over with compost/manure at 10 test plot gardens. After all of the hard work over the last two months, we will open our hands wide and plunge them into the soil, planting the vision of 1KNG. We graciously thank our 10 households for allowing their lawns to be modernized for the needs of the 21st century.

This is your chance to thread the needle of nature and society, finding your place between the two and ways to use nature without damaging it. It is important, now more than ever that we help make the ecstatic skin of the Earth flourish.

Of course the land is not easy to work, so WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are asking you to donate an hour, or 12, to help realize the goal of 1,000 new gardens in the Garden City. It is not going to happen over night–the soil took thousands of years to develop and it is not about to give up its nutrients to your chioggia beets without proper tending.

April 11 is our first chance to experience nature together as a community. Please join us by emailing 1000newgardens@gmail.com with any time slot you are available.

From the lips of Jeremy Amo, aspiring gardener

Welcome to the Modern Age.

An age where the majority of the food that you consume on a daily basis comes from the grocery store and every item in that grocery store, unless otherwise stated, is shipped in thousands of miles away via semi-trucks.

There are thousands of problems that stem from this. There are also some incredibly easy and simple solutions. Purchase local foods shipped that’s shipped at least within a hundred miles! Not only are local foods always satisfying to the taste buds. Eating local food allows your body to always be ‘n sync with the season and the climate in which you’re living!

However, here’s the really radical idea.

Grow your own food.

You will never know fresh food until you harvest it yourself. Anybody can do this, provided they have access to a patch of land and a few great social ties (you may not know it, but everyone knows a gardener!)

You will learn first hand that you will always reap what you sow and there will be nothing to reap except fresh food, plenty of sunshine and exercise, and a tremendous sense of well-being.

This is where 1,000 New Gardens comes in.