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Garden in a Sack

Growing your own food does not need to be intimidating or costly. A simple garden can be grown in a mere sack and can provide enough vegetables to offer some food security to a family who may not have the resources for something more elaborate.

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While a garden in a sack does not connect food production and consumption on a large scale, the ability to produce a portion of your own food needs is an empowering and satisfying project. However, this ability can be compromised by the lack of resources which are available to a person or family.

For low income communities, price is a high factor in what food is purchased, and education on making smart choices with whatever amount of money available is often limited. Space is also a major factor in whether people believe they can grow their own food. People may not have the ability to spend much time thinking about where food comes from and how they are a link in that chain.

A garden in a sack allows people in an urban area (or in any area without the land necessary for plant growth) to grow some of their own food without needing expensive equipment, extensive education, or land, making it an easy way to connect people with growing food.

When someone grows even a small portion of their own food, they naturally become more interested in the entire process of how food gets to their table. The garden in a sack is an inspiration for combining interest, education, and nourishment. I was present at a workshop in Kisumu, Kenya, where women participated in creating a garden in a sack, in order to learn how to create one for their own homes. The interest in the project showed me that people want to be connected with their food. They want it to be cost effective and simple to achieve. The garden in a sack is both.

Both small scale and larger, systematic movement in the food industry are necessary to close the gap that has occurred between where food comes from and where it goes. When people without access to land understand, in even a small way, how food is grown, the links to larger systems grow stronger and with a combination of strategies, connections grow.


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Thanks for your suggestions for connecting inspirations, Louise. I've updated the page to include them!

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