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Why We Grow Food

Why We Grow Food

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Are you thinking about starting a personal or community garden? This guide will give you the justification and benefits of growing your own food.
Are you thinking about starting a personal or community garden? This guide will give you the justification and benefits of growing your own food.

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Published by: Environmental Change-Makers on Dec 11, 2012
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Environmental Change-MakersThe Community Garden at Holy Nativity6700 West 83
, Westchester/L.A. 90045www.EnviroChangeMakers.org
 Why we grow food …
The Community Garden at Holy Nativity, in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, has been producing abundant harvests every week since June 2008.
Social justice.
The harvests from theCommunity Garden at Holy Nativity are donatedto needy local families via Food Pantry LAX.Before we began bringing fresh, organically- grown fruit and vegetables, the Food Pantry wasdistributing primarily dry and canned food, with
occasional „fresh‟ produce that was considered„past the point of sale‟ and do
nated to the WestsideFood Bank. As we deliver the fresh produce week after week, we have met some of the recipients.Many are severely disabled persons, who do nothave adequate resources for their long-termdisabilities and are unable to work. Many othersare families, including small children. With theeconomic downturn, food bank demand is highand increasing. This land
which once wasunused lawn
is now feeding people.2)
We are at a point in human history when times are changing dramatically. You may not realize it right now, but we all need to be growing food. The industrialized agri-businesssystem is a fragile system that may collapse in thenear future. We need to be growing food wherepeople live. It takes time to learn the skills of tending the soil, building up the populations of soilorganisms, bringing mistreated urban land back tofertility. It takes time to grow a gardener, to know what to grow, when to harvest, what to do when.And here in L.A. the process is still beingdiscovered. In Southern California, high-intensity food gardening year-round in urban spaces hasnever been done before. Gardens like ours arepioneers, inventing the process. Every month, weteach food gardening classes from our site wherewe encourage local food gardeners to share tipsand resources.3)
Something fabulous happenswhen people work the land together. At theCommunity Garden
our “work”
days are warmand wonderful opportunities to connect with dearfriends. Over time the bonds have grown and new projects have sprouted. As humanity moves intothis vastly changed future, we will need localcommunity ties
community is your safety net forsurvival through turbulent times. Gardens areonly one way to build it, but they sure are a funway!4)
We have observed that whenpeople get their hands in the soil --
literally “touchthe earth” – 
something begins to change in theirperspective. They begin to glimpse the
interconnectedness of all life, and humanity‟s
interdependence with the ecosystems of the earth.As city-dwellers, we are starved for this touch.And that lost connection is at the root of the abuseour culture is foisting upon the planet. At theCommunity Garden, we try to help peoplereestablish this precious connection.

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