In cities around the nation like Detroit, Baltimore, DC and Portland, young urbanites are throwing seed bombs, golf ball size lumps of mud packed with wildflower seeds at decrepit mediums and abandoned lots to beautify inner city eye sores, and grow healthful food in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.
Guerrillas call it “urban gardening” as well as food justice. They even use biodegradable moss graffiti to advertise their activism. Guerrilla Gardeners started in the late 60’s, not surprisingly in Berkeley California.
On the other end of the spectrum, convicts in the Washington State Department of Corrections can become part of the Sustainable Prisons Project which is in its 7th year. Partnering with Evergreen State College, incarcerated men together with prison staff, created the Moss-in-Prison Project farming moss for the horticultural trade as a way to help protect the planet and pay their debt to society.
Both of these positive impact projects are programs we at Growstone support because of the positive changes they engender both for the participants and for society in general.
What’s so remarkable once again is the role nature can play in enriching lives, neighborhoods, health and the general welfare of all of us and the planet as well. At Growstone, we feel we are part of this mission taking waste and turning it into valuable eco-friendly products.
As we look around our nation, we see numerous opportunities to solve our problems by the wiser use of earth and resources. How much more could be done when we rescue blighted land and damaged lives through nature and gardening? How many more could we feed around the globe by wiser techniques? How many lives can we positively impact by putting hope back into peoples hands and lives?
As spring takes hold across the country and green thumbs start itching to get dirty, we invite you to think about others ways to grow not only food but hope, and ask you to share them with us.
We’d love to hear from you.