we have dates for our initial committee meet and greets. now i have to get a lot of letters out to our vfw and auxiliary members, and put up flyers to invite everyone that works with youth. we will have younger kids working with older kids to research the plants they want to start growing right away. this will lead to learning what makes up different types of soil conditions, water needs of different plants, what creates different shade and sun conditions, and what plants to plant together and which ones not too, as well as what other beneficial plants we could add to help our food plants be more productive. i think starting with container gardening, raised bed, self watering and whatever ideas the kids come up with will really connect everyone involved with how plants grow, how soil lives and works, how insects and our local wildlife interact with the gardens, how it all forms one great big web, and how we are a part of that web. we will be working on rain harvesting to help get us through the dry hot part of our summer. our gutters currently drain right to the edge of the building. the insurance has already said we need to change this, they said run it out to the street like everyone else, but nooooo, not gonna do that. the rain barrels will direct feed self watering beds. we have a decent size building with a decent size roof so will have several barrels for this purpose.
the permaculture smackdown this last tuesday about residual incomes got my mind really working and opened up a whole new area of the project. we hope to have the youth start a web page with videos, blogs, maybe some step by step instructionals on projects. with my lack of computer expertise i will probably be learning a lot more from the youth then they will from me. the awesome side affects of permaculture in action.
excitement is growing. when i first started talking about putting in a community garden i got replies that ranged from "i would donate a couple plant starts" to "people will just come steal all the produce or destroy it so that is a bad idea." but nobody really wanted to help or even thought it was a good idea. i still get some bad replies sometimes, but i pointed out about the stealing issue, it isn't an issue because it is for the community, there will be a sign or 2 stating that the produce is free for anyone in the community, but please remember your neighbors may be hungry too. some of them don't quite get the logic, but others are catching on. people that were against it all together are starting to think maybe it is a good idea, those that thought it was maybe a good idea but not something they wanted anything to do with are starting to talk about it to others, and the ones that actually liked the idea are stating that they are really starting to get excited and think this is something we really need here. i am riding high on the excitement of not only the garden project, but that i am actually becoming an active member of a positive change for our community and doing my part to help spread the ideas and actions of permaculture.
we will also be putting up pics of our work days on the vfw national website, as they have a page just for that to show what individual posts around the country are doing in and for their communities. i hope that other vfw post will see this and maybe do a something were they are. what better way to help veterans, their family and there communities then sharing a little permaculture.