Saturday, June 04, 2011

Feeding the Hungry Through Public Parks

What if our public parks produced food for those who need it? With harvests donated to homeless charities, Sami Grover writes in that the idea has been applied with great success in Denver and elsewhere:

It's always seemed strange to me that most parks grow only ornamental flowers and shrubs. Sure, it's nice to have pretty flowers around, but what if our parks also produced food for those who need it? From sharing gardens in Oregon to community nut tree plantings, we have indeed seen some moves to turn shared land into a productive food producing resource. Now a group of Colorado residents are aiming to utilize multiple city parks to produce 1,500 pounds of produce to help feed the homeless.

The gardens are maintained by neighborhood groups, churches and non-profits, and the produce that is harvested will be donated at the end of the season to homeless charities and shelters.

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