Feeding The Poor With Community Gardens

We, the citizens of every community of every nation, should voluntarily pool our resources together to create a community green house and orchard, where fruits and vegetables and herbs and spices can be cultivated, grown, and harvested by the very ones in need of food, free of charge. If such a community project struggles, due to a lack of volunteers and resources, then we should encourage a public community garden, green house, and orchard center for those in need, as well as operated by those in need, at the local, municipal, government level. In other words, it may be necessary to get local governments to supply the land and to initiate the project. I'm confident that once the project gets going, it would be sustained and well maintained by those in need and, therefore, should not become a burden on local governments. It could also help to beautify a community and create a scenic place to walk through. I should also reinforce the idea that this community garden center is for the poor only, so as not to interfere with local businesses who sell these same food items to those who can afford them. This way, it would not exactly be a hand-out. Ideally, the poor would do all they can, in most cases, to earn the food they take. This center would hopefully serve as a helping hand for those who are truly in need until they can get back on their feet. This would help every community truly 'blossom' well.

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  • I also really like this idea!!! Why hasn't this ever been done before! Brilliant!!!

  • who do we talk to about getting the ball rolling on this project.....I would gladly volunteer my time on teaching some of those individuals a trade to help build part of that community in question.......there are several cities that have gone broke or destroyed by hurricanes that have not yet been rebuild.......plenty of empty lots to plant

  • I object because This idea is interesting but needs refining. What would the poor need to do to deserve to be helped? Who would decide? How, by whom and where would the food be grown , harvested and distributed? All this has costs, transportation, etc. Who would decide, in a world where even UN can no longer agree on safving human lives, such as the tragedy in Syria, let alone about food.

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  • TO BABYLONIEN: I can't help but to believe you did not read my post very carefully, because I feel that I have already answered those concerns. But I will try to address them again, more simply. To answer your first question, "What would the poor need to do to deserve to be helped?" The poor deserve to be helped for the simple reason that they are poor and struggling. If we don't help them, they will become a burden on society or a threat. What affects them, ultimately affects all the rest. We're all in this together whether we like it or not. Humans deserve to be helped just for being human. I can tell you're erroneously assuming that most poor people deserve to be poor. Studies and statistics show that this is far from the truth. But to better answer your first question, they will work and harvest the land to grow and pick their own food as I described in my original post. You may have missed that part, but I wrote, "cultivated, grown, and harvested by the very ones in need." To answer your second question, "Who would decide?" we the people would decide. It wouldn't be too difficult to set up some form of administration to run the organization with checks and balances in place to help determine who is truly in need or is merely trying to take advantage of the system. But that shouldn't be too big of a concern. If someone who was not poor wanted to work for it by helping to grow the food, they should get to reap those rewards--no big deal. And yes, I'm aware that there will be costs, which is why I said in my original post, "We, the citizens of every community of every nation, should voluntarily pool our resources together" (which includes any shipping costs and land or the funding for land). I also explained that, "If such a community project struggles, due to a lack of volunteers and resources, then we should encourage a public community garden, green house, and orchard center . . . at the government level. In other words, it may be necessary to get local governments to supply the land and to initiate the project. I'm confident that once the project gets going, it would be sustained . . . by those in need and, therefore, should not become a burden on local governments." In the long run, I believe everyone would be better off. Please have a little more faith in the human race to rise above our current problems.

  • many of the homeless would love to work it,,,it would give them a home and some purpose

  • An easy way to mandate who gets what would be to keep a community service log. Even if it was someone who couldn't till or plant or pick due to a handicap, they can still help by distributing and collecting tools throughout the day. Person A put in X amount of hours this day/week and is entitled to Y% of the harvest. It would have to be a short-term log though so none of the food would expire.

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