Hundreds of Marin County residents will be taking action May 12-19 to transform local landscapes into bountiful foodscapes, which will save water, help lower carbon emissions, grow food, increase habitat, promote gray water usage and save money on food.
We will also be developing community-wide food sources to tide us over in event of disaster and supporting local businesses with our purchases.
The Marin 500+ Garden Challenge is intended to get people thinking in creative ways about growing their own food. It’s part of a huge re-skilling movement across the country to become more resilient to sudden change within our communities.
Our definition of a garden is very broad. It can be as simple as planting a tomato and some basil in a pot on your patio, or a fruit tree in your yard. But we also see this as an opportunity to create innovative gardens to replace lawn areas, and provide growing areas in apartment complexes, school yards, church grounds and business premises.
The goal: Create 500-plus organic food gardens all over Marin County in one week, May 12-19.
The project has many benefits, such as fostering
- to develop a healthy homegrown food supply in each city or town
- to save money & conserve water resources
- to lower greenhouse gas emissions
- to build community
- to beautify our neighborhoods
- to support local businesses
Sign up for free at www.maringardenchallenge.org and let’s get growing! The deadline is May 1. For more information, call 415-382-0989.