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- Create a beautiful, inviting space to encourage participation.
* Build. and / or grow an archway at the garden’s entrance.
(–Red metal archway? (Gulfport Trademark?))
* Grow vining / flowering / fruiting plants along the fence.
* Integrate shapes found within nature (i.e. circles rather than squares).
* Create lounging / workshop area under shade of oak tree.
(—Including cob oven, herb spiral, and artistic seating).
*Include a small water feature such as a tire pond.
*Include solar lights.
*Grow perennial / native plants wherever possible.
(–Generates biodiversity which creates resilience and beauty).
*Do not rush into planting food in the individual grow beds. The space should be built and created over time, by and for the community and the individual grow beds should not be utilized until this time.
(–This will create a sense of pride and ownership, and increase the likelihood of long-term participation and overall success.)
- Have fun!
* Host social gatherings and potlucks.
* Competitions and prizes.
(–”Best Gulfport Tomato?”)
* Stay positive and be inclusive
* Allow community members to participate in the official naming of the garden.
(–This is will also create a sense of pride and ownership).
* Allow the space to be used for things other than gardening.
(–Yoga, meditation, etc…)
* Work smarter, not harder.
(–Need shed and tools on site.)
*Is it possible to have a port-a-potty or some sort of restroom on site?
- Build our own compost / soil.
* Collect food waste and coffee grounds from local restaurants.
* Collect horse manure from local stables.
* Get green and woody materials from city.
* Get / build compost bins.
(–Could be built of wooden pallets).
- Integrate the work of local artists.
* Functional art pieces created by local artists and community members.
(–Benches, signs, tables, etc…).
- Grow food.
* Individual, raised grow beds.
(–Renting plots generates income for garden).
* Seven story garden / “Food Forest”
(–Serves to educate and allows those without an individual plot to participate in the growing and harvesting of food with very minimal inputs or work).
- Host educational / reskilling workshops.
*Topics might include: Organic gardening, canning / preserving food, raising backyard chickens, renewable energies, and other topics aimed at increasing self-sufficiency and community resilience.
- Encourage and help to create more food security within the community.
* Somewhat accomplished by providing a space for people to grow their own food and participate in educational workshops.
* The city could provide incentive by giving tax breaks to those who allow their land to be used for food production.
Why is food security and local food production important?
*On average, when you shop local, 73% of the money you spend stays in the community. –Only 43% stays in the community if you shop at a non-locally owned business.
*Money that stays in the community can be used to create new jobs, increase worker wages, and generate new economic activity (which creates more demand for local goods)
*If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal per week composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by more than 1.1 million barrels of oil every week.
*The typical food item at a supermarket travels 1,500 miles to get there.
*For food production alone, Americans that depend on industrial agriculture each consume 400 gallons of oil a year.
*Fossil fuels are nonrenewable and are being used faster than they can be made… As oil reserves are depleted the cost of imported foods will continue to rise.
(Statistics and facts from: Animal, Miracle, Vegetable By: Barbara Kingsolver).
- Foster multigenerational and multicultural relationships.
* Allot individual grow beds to groups within the community that represent different age groups, and strategically place those grow bed to encourage interaction between members of the different groups.
(–Ex: Have the Senior Center grow bed next to the Gulfport Elementary grow bed.)
* Host culturally or ethnically themed potlucks and/or storytelling events.
* Host community art projects.
(–Ex: Painting a mural on the garden shed).
* Bring teens and elders together in a project to record oral histories.
(–Participating in garden activities together could be a way to bridge the generation gap and open the lines of communication).
- Introduce / Experiment with alternative economies.
* Time Bank founder, Marie Nelson has agreed to allow the garden to have it’s own Time Bank account, and for members to earn Time Bank credits for their participation in the garden).
* A chalkboard could be placed on the side of, or inside the tool shed. –Here people could write down any needs they have, and any skills and/or services they can offer in exchange.
(–Although this can easily be done online, having a chalkboard may be more appealing to older generations and will also encourage more face-to-face, personal interactions).
10. Conserve water.
*Place rain barrels along the sides of tool shed.
*Use hugelculture grow beds to greatly reduce the need for watering and fertilization.
(–Create raised beds, or trenches filled to ground level, with rotting wood, twigs, and branches. The rotting wood will act as a sponge and hold water for extended periods of time, and as it breaks down, the beds will become rich with organic matter and beneficial microorganisms–giving rise to healthy, resilient plants.)
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