These workshops can include small groups specific to an organization or larger events open to the public. The gardens can be utilized as long as the organization needs, if the plants are carefully tended for exhibition. More commonly an organization can borrowed one for more limited use from our own library. Often the food grown during an exhibition is donated to local "Non-Profit Food Access" programs to enhance the diet of those in need with fresh, organic produce. We also have experience hosting smoothy events for younger audiences, using the plants in the drinks to get youths excited about fresh veggies!
Hydroponic workshops cans also be provided without an exhibiting garden. Its typical in these shorter workshops, for participants to come and learn the basics of this type of gardening over a morning or afternoon session.
Community cropping in unexpected locations combines mixed materials, veggies, and shared step-by-step DIY plans with civic engagement.
Gardens often include variable sounds from hydrophones and sound to pixel circuits to monitors counter the slow even growth of the plants.
One of the first places where folks notice the impact of climate change is in their own gardens and backyards, their most common point of intersection with the natural world. For many, the costs and disruptions of mobility have become too much to bear. Value must be shifted closer to the home creating re-investment in the local community. In the near future, economics will demand more place-based food production and this will aid the re-establishment of more locally-based food systems.
In the more recent past, many grew their own food in the Victory Garden as seen in the great depression and WWII. However, Victory Gardens have been around for quite a long time. The term dates back to a book entitled "Victory Garden" that was written in 1603 by Englishman Richard Gardner in response to concerns of a Spanish invasion. He believed cities under siege would need gardens to provide for the citizenry and considered gardening a civic duty.