April 29, 2012
As a result of reading and studying the SFG method, I have turned my front yard and back yard into a space that produces 40% of my family's vegetables and fruit between May and October. The reason: I am an avid supporter of eating locale and organic, and I can't get any more local and organic that what I grown myself. I also teach college at Bellevue College, located in (oddly enough) Bellevue, Washington. I have the privelege of being the student garden counselor there. I use SFG methods to help students make easy to care for and productive gardens, thereby spreading the message of how to help reduce the world's food crisis--one young person at a time. Like Heifer International, the SFG system enables people to feed themselves and teaches self-respect and integrity through being self-sufficient. It also teaches peace. After an afternoon in the sun tending plants, I'm not in the mood to go grab an AK-47 and engage in the wrong kind of political activism. Perhaps it's a nurturing female-thing, but I think that if we humans were more connected to the earth that feeds us and the animals that sustain us, and we learned to have some self-restraint in our wants and desires, this world could become something more closely resembling the beautiful allegory called the Garden of Eden. Mel Bartholomew and the SFG foundation are leading the charge towards this vision of a better future.
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