This being the last Friday of the month, it’s time for promoting positive news via We Are the World Blogfest. I like to think of us as ambassadors highlighting little pockets of love and light for others to celebrate as well.
The special lead co-hosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Sylvia Stein, Damyanti Biswas. You can participate by signing up here, and I encourage you to check out all the other bloggers participating as well.
This month I’ve blogged daily creating an abecedarium on all manner of topics related to flora, and keeping with that theme, this month I wanted to highlight some gardening good news.
But first some facts. According to the Feeding America, 42 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors. Many millions of people! Even more horrendous, more than half a million people in the United States are homeless. The homeless numbers are official statistics, and frankly I’m inclined to believe they are underreported. These figures are staggering; the issues are heart-breaking; and the need for solutions is great.
So today I want to introduce you to The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California.
The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. Their vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. They share 5,000 lbs of produce with the most vulnerable members of their community.
Here’s a link to their website, and while there is much to explore, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to do so, I’m heading you to their page with their mission statement.
This video offers a wider view of what the program is about:
This is not a new program, the first seeds of future iterations began in 1990. But it is a model program, an example of what IS possible, and a point of light in this world.
Above all I believe in these wise words from Micheal Pollan:
“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”
May we all find ways to be a blessing to our planet and her inhabitants.
P.S. On a bit of an unrelated, and yet not, note. While I have absolutely no wish to disrespect the desires of the #WATWB hosts, and I’m happy to include the project banner at the top of my post, I am not adding the #WATWB badge to my sidebar. My blog is part of my business website and in keeping the energetic integrity of my work and my site, I do not post badges.
I get a little gentle pushback about this each month which is perfectly fine and I’m not complaining about it. I’m simply posting my position as I know the co-hosts like to try to visit the participating blogs, and this might save them from the extra work of having to contact me. I’m all for lessening drudge tasks and making more time for loving each other and world up.