Oct 17, 2016 | Uncategorized

As a friend or even as a Bottle Tree Farm follower, you probably already know I have a “slight” interest in urban farming. But, what you may not know is how much Augusta Locally Grown has played a role in shaping my view of urban farming over the past few years.

When I started my homesteading journey, I didn’t know anyone locally like me. Augusta Locally Grown had not yet been started. There was no Saturday Market on the River. Organic vegetables were really hard to find in Augusta, and if you could find them, they were really expensive. Every resource I found about urban farming was on-line and in another city. The work the Dervaes family in Pasadena was doing blew my mind, and Novella Carpenter in Oakland, well, I think we’re kindred spirits.

My research over the years led me to the concept of urban farming being used for social change. I am constantly floored by the movement in Detroit, and if you don’t know of Ron Finley in South Central L.A., look him up. But, only a few years ago did I learn that same type of social change was happening right here in Augusta by Augusta Locally Grown. And, while ALG manages many different C.S.R.A. programs, the one that sparks my interest is G.R.O.W. Harrisburg and particularly the Hundreds in Harrisburg program. This program provides raised bed vegetable gardens to residents free of charge. I know first-hand the value and reward of growing my own food. Think of the change growing your own food spurs in a neighborhood that’s considered a food desert. Think of the families who have fresh vegetables on their table and of the children who can go to school knowing they will have a healthy meal to eat at the end of the day. Think of the community being built as neighbors share their home-grown food with each other, and they do! Growing food may be the starting point, but growing a healthy community is the destination.

We are all a part of this community. So, I ask you today to donate to Harrisburg’s urban farming journey. Think about the change that can happen if each and every one of my friends and followers donate just $5-$10, or even more for that matter! Dig deep, folks, and you’ll find the sweet potato that is Augusta Locally Grown.   #GivingTuesday