The Incredible Edible Park is a 7.5 acre public park that grows enough food, vegetables and fruits to feed 200,000 needy persons a year. Once a weeded, unused piece of land owned by the electric company is now a productive community garden. This auspicious endeavor was started as a collaborative effort from the city of Irvine to help feed those in need.
Perhaps, we can take some pointers from this video and look into ways of encouraging our own city or town to devote a park or two to growing food for the community. It would help others learn this valuable trade, as well as teach others about alternative gardening techniques. For instance, the irrigation system this parcel of land uses is based on a grey water system. Therefore, the city is not wasting drinking water, but using water that would otherwise be unused.
As the host of this video says so well, “People need to get connected with their food source. It doesn’t come from the grocery store, it comes from Mother Earth…”
Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.