To set up self sustainable food gardens that will educate others to grow the most amount of food in a limited amount of space. These gardens will help to provide nutritious food to the needy and create jobs. This will also help to unify the community through volunteers especially the elderly who have a vast amount of knowledge and growing techniques. It is also important to pass down the traditions of raising our own crops to the younger generation so that they will be able to learn the fundamentals of growing their own food as the ever increasing demand for nutritional food is growing. Bringing back the small farm atmosphere by using today's technologies and yesterday's neighbor working with neighbor concept.
To set up small plots (example 100' X 100') with the ability to expand. These plots will be using different growing techniques like raised beds, hydroponic units and other conventional methods. These techniques will also be using water conservation practices like drip irrigation and rain water collection. A complete circle of recycling wastes and materials helps to keep operating costs down and help our ecosystem. We will also implement the use of tilapia, rabbits and chickens which will work together to sustain a working environment, the bi-products from the products grown will supplement one another.
To grow a variety of plants and vegetables that are conducive to our growing region and seasons and that will produce the best nutritional value using mainly natural products. To also be able to sell needed supplies like fertilizers and seeds at wholesale costs to other small farms by forming a purchasing coop and sharing with one another excess supplies, produce and knowledge.
Farming is a 7-day a week responsibility and each mini farm would require a minimum of 2 full time workers (one to live on the premises) along with encouraging many others to volunteer. Suggested types of payment for workers would be donated store vouchers, bus passes and some hourly wage.
The products produced in these gardens will help to supply food for the workers, volunteers and others in need. Larger gardens can provide for many more. It is important in todays economy to help teach our neighbors to become more self sufficient and to share with one another.