posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 03:01 AM
This is in my city! Wow. S+F for a great article!
We already have a multitude of Pea patch gardens here in Seattle, in every major community and neighborhood. They are popping up faster than ever
these days. We also have several very strong, successful farmer's markets too. This is the green NW and the hippies are everywhere, thankfully.
I doubt this will get shut down, this city is different than most assume. Our grass roots motivation can almost get overwhelming (esp with liberals,
no offense liberals). We already have a nonprofit organization that is using undeveloped city land (with permission) to grow food to feed the
homeless. We have tons of rain catchment systems and regular family gardens.
What a great idea and about time unused city lots were put to good use. I would love to see the list of plants they intend to establish. I've
read on permaculture but choosing the right plants for the environment and soil type are crucial.
They are doing huge lots of farming in Detroit now too from what Ive heard. And yeah the permaculture trick is always to find the symbiotic balance
between plants (such a cool way of farming). I think it might be easier to simply observe the native environment, and just find a natural edible that
deters what's not edible (or animals and/or insects). Or just do more research and find the uses for what you "thought" was useless.
We have nettles galore here, but they are a great expectorant when you have a cold, and edible. We have dandelions too, they are really healthy too,
same with fiddlehead ferns. Blackberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, plums, chestnuts, we have all those native here also.
This idea needs to spread to more cities.