Well, it’s been two weeks since I planted my tomato seeds and most of them are coming along nicely. They have just started putting out their first amazing petite tomato leaves. So cool!
I plan to expand my vegetable garden a little bit this year. I’ve got snap pea seeds to try, and another few green delicacies. How about you? Are you planting a few vegetables this year? Or maybe a lot?
Roger Doiron is looking for revolutionaries to join his Subversive Plot. His Plot looks like this:
Roger Doiron is the founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, linked here. In his funny, entertaining TED talk, Roger outlines some of the challenges our world food supply faces in coming decades. In the next 50 years, more food will have to be produced to keep up with the growing population than was produced in the previous 10,000 years!
Local food can be part of the solution. Roger’s talking really local. Like your own backyard. Oh, you don’t have to have a lot of space to grow a few vegetables. There are lots of creative ways to garden.
Small gardens really can make a difference. At the peak of the Victory Garden movement, small gardens were providing 40% of all produce. Of course, not everyone has the time or interest or space for a garden and incredibly, there are places where growing vegetables in your front yard is illegal!
But things are changing. In Maine, the town of Sedgwick unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” It’s a bucking of state and federal laws. The town government added: “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”
Roger offers many interesting points worth pondering. Here’s Roger Doiron: