Good grief. I am going off on a rant here. The ranties over at Garden Rant will appreciate it even if you don’t.
I ask you, isn’t there a better way to spend $70,000 than to have someone install a high end potager/kitchen garden? “Plots as edible showplaces” is what the Wall Street Journal called the idea in an article “the Vegetable Garden goes Luxe.” Indeed. Yes, and then you let the stable workers, landscaper or limo chauffeur eat the produce. Damn, now isn’t that altruistic? And get this, these gardens are “installed at second homes they rarely visit…”. Yes, and one woman asked for her $50K veg patch instead of diamonds or a European vacation. Sounds like a true trade off to me. Shhhhhheesssh. Oh yeah, and sometimes she “catches guests admiring her produce. ”
Now this brings to mind the $180K community garden in San Francisco.
Rumor has it the the garden will be bulldozed in October. Would someone do the math on this for me? If 100 square feet of garden space will feed one person, and if we can determine how many square feet of garden space there is in front of San Francisco’s city hall, then we can figure out how much $180,000 buys in terms of produce.
Then, my pal Robin, or Bumblebee, the Garden Examiner over at Examiner.com, posted about this wonderful pair of farmers in Portland OR, and their video, Cooking Up a Story. These gardening gals install small gardens in people’s back yards, replacing the useless turf with productive veg patches, give the homeowner a share of the produce and the rest goes into the CSA program. Brilliant. And it didn’t cost $50K.
Then of course, there is my good neighbor, Bill Meeker, head honcho gardener at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship garden where, last year, on a third of an acre, with only volunteer help and a very small budget, they raised 20,000 pounds of food and fed over 4000 people. My hort fund raising group helped them out this year and hopes to help for many years to come. Bill want to go big, maybe two and a half acres. Oh, and he would like to add a hospital for folks who can’t afford the institutional medical system. (VIneyard already has a school and clinic).
Go ahead, read between the lines. People are fed up instead of being fed, got a problem with that?