A huge movement in cities right now is urban gardening. At AntFarm Acres, a subsidiary of AntFarm, we have gone forward in starting a community garden. Our goal is to take the as of now raw backyard, and turn it into a sustainable garden, growing and giving food from our own garden. Making the transition to locally grown food and farming can help stimulate our local economy, improve public health, and even protect the environment. Urban farming is becoming far more relevant now as urban consumers realize the importance of sustainability and it also increases the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, or meat and eggs, made available to city dwellers, who want to look outside their supermarkets for fresher options.
We took advantage of last weeks Occupy Our Food Supply to spend the day working in the garden. Over 60 food justice and Occupy groups around the world are participating in a Global Day of Action to ‘Occupy Our Food Supply’ on February 27th, 2012. Inspired by the theme Create/Resist, we are bridging movements of sustainable agriculture and food justice networks working on local solutions and simultaneously resisting corporate control of the food system.
We continued building out the terraces and created a retaining wall using rocks we sifted out of the existing soil. We also added manure, nutrient-rich soil and started a compost pile. The chickens are happy in their new coop, built by Robin and Kristin. Stay tuned for more work days in the garden or if you would like to be a part of our community garden, please email Chrissy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.