Monday, April 21

Why Bother with Urban Gardening?

Yet another quality article from Michael Pollan, addressing not just food issues (though he gives gardens particular notice!) but environmental action of all sorts. His driving point, which dovetails perfectly with FSP's garden aims, is that people need to stop relying on policymakers and scientists to find a catchall solution to our environmental woes. Rather, we need to physically change how we live. Read the full piece, part of the NY Times Magazine's "Green Issue," here.

My favorite snippet:
"But the act I want to talk about is growing some — even just a little — of your own food. Rip out your lawn, if you have one, and if you don’t — if you live in a high-rise, or have a yard shrouded in shade — look into getting a plot in a community garden. Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do — to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind."

REMINDER: The next FSP meeting will be 8pm this WEDNESDAY in the Piano Lounge, then it will be back to our regular date/time. Garden update soon to come.


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