To grow super nutritious and amazing fresh, organic food, and feed people; that is my mission!
To do this I hope to take over (not in a hostile way) under-utilised land in the suburbs around the city of Perth. There is so much of it; it's unbelievable how much land there is just sitting around, all sandy, or being maintained as aesthetically pleasing, but useless, grass. So I will be appealing to home owners who know that there wasted bits of land could be put to a much better use growing fruits, veges, herbs and other useful plants to feed me, them and to distribute to those in need.
This specific campaign is to raise money to buy 1000 flyers for distribution to hopefully start securing some growing space.
The land I am looking for will ideally be close to the city within cycling/walking distance, and I must be able to use the land for free. In return for being allowed to use the land, the owner will receive a portion of the produce I grow and will essentially have a free gardener.
My inspiration to undertake this project stems from the issue of homelessness, and the health benefits of nutrient dense, organic food. the switch from nutritionally deficient fast, convenient foods to healthy, wholesome and fresh fruit and vegetables has an observable effect; not only physically but emotionally.
Hopefully this project will organically grow into a community project where other people start to also grow their own food for sharing within their communities. Real, fresh, healthy food should be free and readily available. It is a great way to create resilient, self-sufficient and vibrant communities.
The flyers I am going to be using are made from recycled paper and use a vegetable-based ink to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible.
Risks and challenges
Growing food isn't considered a quick task so it will take some time to really start producing a consistent supply of quality produce. Depending on the quality of the soil at each place it will also take time to to just prepare the ground to support and nourish the plants. Other necessities that I will hopefully be able to source for free or raise money for as I go will be things like seeds, tools possibly.
Another big factor to consider will of course be my time. Farming is quite a time-hungry activity, even more so when the farm is spread out across the city outskirts in different locations. I hope to combat this by keeping things really simple and also mixing in a range of perennials and annuals, as often as possible. If I manage to get my hands on too much land for me to handle, I will endeavour to find someone equally as passionate about the cause to help me out.
Also the issue of land becoming unavailable if the owner decides to sell, for example. I would imagine this would be a real pain if a really productive bit of land was to be discontinued but there isn't a great deal that can be done. I suppose one way to reduce this concern is to have a formal written agreement hopefully stating a minimum amount of time so that preparation could be made in advance. Although formal agreements would have to very flexible to cater for unexpected changes in life situations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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