“If you wear your values on your sleeve people will embrace you” – Curtis Stone
I sat there and in that moment I knew what needed to be done, I had an idea forming. After so long searching for a way to have a life of meaning. For a way to have a positive impact and to leave a better world for those that come after me. It had been forming for a while but due to the back and forth conversations I was having with my old friend procrastination, I had been stuck in in action for a while. But no longer, what could be more honourable than trying to feed people? I decided I was going to leave the corporate world and become a farmer.
I stood bolt upright and walked over to the computer and started typing. Before long I was printing off a rudimentary questionnaire and I started walking and talking. I spoke to my neighbours and my fellow community members. By the time I had finished conducting my survey I knew what I had was something worthwhile. The only problem was that people didn’t know that they wanted it, because it didn’t exist yet.
Most people I spoke with got it straight, it seems that the trust for supermarkets and corporate food was on the decline. They wanted to eat fresh food, they wanted landscaping and or gardening services but there was another option, there was another step that needed to be taken and that was to combine the two and create an edible garden for people, but I hadn’t got there yet.
First I tried to accrue a number of different plots of land but they had all been contaminated by those standard practice farming methods that allow for pesticides, antibiotics and even GMO products. It seemed that even though people wanted fresh food this was not the way I was going to get it to them. Anyway the amount of hoops I would have to jump through in order to get an organic certification would mean a large period of inaction and that was something I was not prepared to do.
I was on a roll and needed to find a way around around it and there it was, staring me right in the face. All the land I would ever need and it was free. Up and down this wonderful country there are thousands of gardens, the English country garden. For some people a wasted space that could be monetised, for others a burden growing weeds. I thought to myself instead of bringing people to the food, lets give them the ability to feed themselves from their own garden.
Until next time. Learn as you go & learn as you grow.
Your friendly Suburban Farmer – Edible Gardens Team
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