Friday, December 25, 2009

Today in celebration of my Mother's birthday...An umbrella to pursue dreams!

{Please leave your comments, expand these concepts, correct & create!}

Yes, Today is my Mother's day of birth. It too happens to be the most widely celebrated day of gifting. If Thanksgiving has become thankstaking, or perhaps a thankful celebration of the gifts from the earth for us to gluttonously & ravenously ingest then digest as we try to fight turkey induced sleep in front of the big screen with team red & team blue running from one side to the other...

Christmas is indeed the day for Thankfully giving!

So, Today I've decided to begin giving much of what I have!!!

thoughts,ideas,concepts,ventures,adventures in design,investments & inventions!

I've long kept a journal of "business ideas & inventions"
(an umbrella to pursue dreams)

I arrived in Portland 3years ago & told myself after 3years I would settle in & begin fully pursuing my ventures once more...

After Rolling across this country dumpster diving & beginning my food stamp thriving daily dream life.
I was telling a friend of how I've bought near zero new items since I left my distorted days of Fortune magazine reading & Italian shoes shopping 3 years ago.
I was telling of how much my schtuff is now wearing out. This friend responded by stating simply "give stuff away", new stuff will come.

So in this spirit of giving... ... ...

I've decided my favorite way to do this at present is begin by giving ideas!

So, with no further ado, my first idea? ?Dream?
{share it borrow it change it create it help create it make it happen!}

Community Gardens!

Yes, I know what your thinking. That sounds quite antiquated...

Though, perhaps "Community Gardens" as we know them is the antiquated idea.

First the issues present in the current manifestation of "Community Gardens"

Gardens are what began our urban sprawl so many moons ago.
Man arrives in fertile valley, builds a house & plants a garden, neighbor moves in & does the same.
new neighbor comes in builds a house & plants a garden then carves a road to the other two. Look around you, you get an idea of where we've come.

Our cities were created by many people taking over land & claiming it as their own space. We can better share this space & all prosper!

-"community gardens" are placed on some of the least utilized land around.
This land is often under utilized for reasons of design. It is private parking, particularly noisy parcels, out of the way of public transit, previous sites of polluting industry, people must travel too far to tend it & on & on...

-These "community gardens" are generally divided into individual plots
Once again partitioning community!

-These community gardens often consist of virtually a singular micro climate.
Yet, We try growing everything. Being jaded by only marginal success when most everything we want to try growing will better flourish when more properly placed.
Proportionally spread throughout the broader neighborhood instead of being pushed into a hidden parcel.


Dispersed microplot gardening!

Your Community Can Be Your Garden!

So, The concept is that our communities should indeed BE our community gardens!!!

Many of us have front back & side yards we spend countless dollars hiring others to maintain. Some even feel obliged to spend their scant free time beyond the 8-6 sodding, fertilizing, aerating, edging, mowing & ?weeding?!?


In overcoming all these issues & costs in maintaining land near our homes we form a gardening collective. "Community Gardening"

We embrace the unique micro climate of each & every dispersed micro plot near our homes, businesses, telephone poles, fire hydrants, drainage ditches, & yes, Still the "community gardens".

We plant window boxes, containerize fruit trees, place portable palletized garden beds & hang baskets.

In super urban areas we plant rooftops, raise flag pole plantings, install strawberry pipes on freeway supports, engineer ferris wheeling plants in buckets & always put out another potted plant.

We can start seeds inside our homes & disperse them come spring!

There is so much we can grow with even the simplest of synergy.

Ask your neighbor if they enjoy paying to mow their lawn or if they might prefer you help care for their land & share the abundant harvest!

So many spaces can be planted. Potted plants put into place. portable Palatized planters & more!

So, simply put
The solution is planting exceptionally function plants EVERYWHERE!

Further breaking down this solution:

-communicate with your neighbors!
I reckon "neighborly" is adjective for good reason!

-utilize all available space for what it can grow!
Everywhere has a microclimate that a particular plant will thrive within!

-Plant only what grows best at your location
Since you've been "neighborly" you have plenty to share with your neigbors & they too share from their unique microclimates.
{imagine you have a side yard getting less light, okay.. Potatoes it is.
your neighbor has a front lawn getting scorched, okay.. tomatoes it is.
your neighbor has a back porch for entertaining, okay.. herbs it shall be.}

-Observe your private planting, select what is growing best & share your abundance!

Recapping The Two Key Steps

Through utilizing each micro plots micro climate; we create abundance by allowing nature to specialize & growing what grows best.
Through "neighboring" we create an environment for sharing the abundance our micro plot produces & too experience providing & being provided for by our community.
We then allow each specifically planted micro plot to contribute to the grander

So, Once again in closing...

We plant small plots & pots all over the place &

view our community as the garden!

1 comment:

  1. I know it's long, but I'm giving you a great plan!

    Now go out & cultivate your community!

    - B -