Today we’ve started a new project: Sowing for a Better Future.
During this project we’re going to sow and plant fruit and vegetables everywhere in our environment.
Due to draughts and other climate related effects, food prices, especially fruit and vegetables will rise with an average of 35% this year. The oils prices will also rise, implicating the costs of food transport will also contribute to the increased food prices.
Put that on top of a financial crisis, when more and more people are out of a job, or are facing a decline in income, and we have a serious problem on our hands.
In stead of complaining we went out to do something, so we’ve decided to sow heirloom seeds of edible plants in our environment. This way we also hope to spread non-GMO vegetation in our environment.
Not just for our limited budget, but for everyone. We hope that other people will follow and turn our mono-cultured neatly clipped parks cultivated solely for aesthetic reasons into vegetable patches.
So the plants are there to be harvested for anyone who can find them. Because we’re not making little gardens in urban environments, but we’re sowing between existing vegetation. We’re sowing near to trees, bushes, public benches, places a sowing machine can’t reach.
This way hope to avoid over-enthousiastic Parks Department people with shuffles and mowing machines. The upside is we think they are relatively save, the downside is the plants are not that easy to find. Because how do you recognise a radish in the wild or distinguish a carrot from other members of the Flowering Plant family without digging it out? And mind you, there are some deadly poisonous members amongst them.
A lot of people (ourselves included) haven’t got the knowledge anymore to recognise edible plants. Some people can’t even recognise a raspberry when it grows on a bush and is not conveniently packed in a plastic box.
So it’s a good reason for us to polish our practically non-existent knowledge of our native plants!