NO FLIPPIN' STRATEGY DOCUMENT REQUIRED: How community activists created community gardens by taking over vacant land

She calls it propaganda gardening.  Pam Warhurst is the co-founder of England's Incredible Edible.   Incredible Edible takes over vacant land and creates community gardens.  All done without a "flippin' strategy document."  

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Comment by Maureen Jung, Ph.D. on August 15, 2012 at 7:54am

I appreciate the links. Very interesting background. Slowly, attention here is turning to improving food access and expanding nutrition education. While commitment to such programs grows, we see obesity rates continue to rise, even among school children. Your point about the "lure" of junk food is well taken. The density of fast food restaurants is one of the strongest predictors of obesity in this country. It seems quick, tasty, and easy, yet the bottom line is parents are fattening up their kids and setting them up for a life a chronic disease--all for the sake of perceived "convenience." Pretty sad.

Comment by Marisel Brown on August 12, 2012 at 10:07pm

Thank you Maureen.  The British have a much stronger connection to land than Americans. Yes, Americans had victory gardens http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe40s/crops_02.html, but the family plot of land for the production of food goes back to the 1700's in England.  http://www.csd-i.org/csdi-blog/2011/7/29/visit-a-victory-garden-in-....  In the US, particularly in low-income African American neighborhoods community farms are not uncommon, but the stigma of being "country" remains. The lure of fast/faster food is strong as well.  Unfortunate because there is a need for healthier food in our urban neighborhoods. Also, economic development opportunities in the form of community feeding programs (farm-to-community kitchen-to-food truck) would add to healthier food options.  

Comment by Maureen Jung, Ph.D. on August 12, 2012 at 10:51am

Powerful and inspiring presentation on finding and reclaiming our power through small actions each of us can take. I love the idea that, "If you eat, you're in." Food not only unites us all, but paying attention to food is essential if we ever hope to get a handle personal healthcare accountability. Our food delivery system is killing us. The Incredible Edible offers us a way out. Bravo!

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