I was just sent a link to this great article: The Dirt on Urban Ag on the upsurge in urban agriculture in the Pacific NW. Thanks to Jon of The Open Gate Farm on Camano for the link. Seattle is doing some great things:
Seattle is simply gaga for gardening. As I describe in an article for seattlepi.com, elected officials, nonprofit groups, churches, businesses, and schools are pushing all sorts of programs to promote in-city farming, even naming 2010 the Year of Urban Agriculture. It’s exciting stuff.
And according to the article The Plot Thickens: Seattle Takes to Urban Gardening and then Some, in the Seattle PI:
Seattle is so smitten with city farming that it even has its own online garden dating service.
“Seeking vegetable love,” says the post of an unrequited green thumb.
“Cinderella: Huge sloping corner lot longs to meet Prince Gardening,” pines another.
So for those of you who have not become avid gardeners yet this is obviously the year to give it a go – and it is not just Seattle and the Pacific NW. This is a phenomenon that is happening across the US and I think across the world. And as I said in a previous post I do believe this is is a move of God.
Encouraging people to grow locally is I think an important response to the times in which we live. The fragility of a world in which people depend on sending produce to far away markets was highlighted recently with the volcanic explosion in Iceland when farmers in Africa could not get their produce to market.