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Participating Gratitude Gardens
What is a Gratitude Garden?
Gratitude Gardens will be combination
social enterprise incubators
living seed banks
, and community gathering spaces. Their goal is to give thanks for the gifts of those who came before us, and to create something future generations will be grateful to us for.
Can I plant a Gratitude Garden?
Yes, but the first step is not planting.
First Step: Research
Find out what grows best in your climate, where you live.
Find out what edible and useful plants are native to your area.
Explore the food and nature-crafts that the indigenous people of your area created.
Learn about any colonizers to your area and what food they introduced.
What are some
plants (or livestock) that grow your area?
What kind of indigenous cultivation and fertilization was used in your area? How did they ensure long-term fertility, instead of short term yields?
Does any of this appeal to you? Seem tasty, useful, interesting? What do you want to grow?
So thats step one: find out about the edible and useful plants in and from your area, discover the rich cultural and culinary heritage that you've inherited from your ancestors and predecessors.
Now can I plant the Garden?
We're not ready to grow just yet. No garden should be an island (unless you live on one), we need to tie into larger networks to make sure your efforts and knowledge serve the community at large.
Second Step: Make Contact
Find local organizations you can team up with (don't reinvent the wheel) that support farming or gardening. It could be a government agency, a university, a nonprofit, or just a club
Interview local farmers and gardeners that still use traditional methods.
Ask them about fertility, planting, harvesting, and seed saving.
Working with your new contacts, find the seeds and cuttings to grow the plants that interest you. Maybe you get them from a farmer, maybe from a nursery, maybe a mail order catalog. Its possible you could share some really exciting ones with the groups or individuals that you've met...
These first two steps are the most important part of the project. Gratitude Gardens aren't
about starting a whole new global effort, but helping YOU tie into existing ones and support them with traditional and new knowledge. The Third Step is to plant your garden, either in your home, or better yet in a community location.
to create a new page with your answers to the first couple steps first, then we'll truly be able to plant a garden that expresses GRATITUDE to those who came before, and will inspire future generations to give us thanks for safeguarding something truly valuable.
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