My enthusiasm for promoting the best quality food and the people who grow it takes a quantum leap when I see an opportunity to leverage the effort of a small group of people. I think Margaret Mead said something of the sort. [In fact, Margaret Mead was quoted as saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”]
I noticed today that a church in Fayetteville, GA is offering 10′ square plots of its 105-acre land to families, schools and groups who wish to grow organic fruits and vegetables. The church will also grow fruits and vegetables on an additional plot as an outreach to families who struggle to buy healthy food. The church is designating an area where 6th through 12th grade students will grow food to donate to food service organizations. Aside from a small registration fee, the only requirement appears to be the user’s commitment not to use pesticides, thereby growing organically.
The implications of this are huge to me. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to broaden the idea for use as a model in the Cincinnati area? I love a project, particularly one with the potential to raise the standard of how young people view food, and to support their ideas about how to serve others.
I see this in the planning stages as a spring project. Ideas are welcome.