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I keep hearing reference to planting Victory gardens. I'm not a historian (check out @Ian_Mosby's amazing work) but it seems to me like something different is needed during this pandemic. Resilience gardens? Healing gardens? (Thread)…
Ok, let's go with #ResilienceGardens. #COVID19 is highlighting so many broken systems. Here are some ways we can help and build resilience through planting.
What is a #ResilienceGarden? I think it means filling every nook & cranny w/ food crops, herbs, native wildflowers, fruit trees, etc. I think it means tearing up lawns, cities re-opening & expanding community gardens (w/ #PhysicalDistancing procedures in mind).
#COVID19 has exposed how vulnerable our ag sector is to economic shock. #ResilienceGardens provide hyper local produce to help w/ food security in case the ag sector fails. (See cool work by @Sarah_Rotz on food systems & land policy)…
#ResilienceGardens will provide nutritious fruits, vegetables & medicinal plants to our families & communities during a global health crisis, where maintaining our physical health is a top priority. This is particularly impt for poor & racialized communities hit the hardest.
During extended periods of social isolation, #ResilienceGardens can help mitigate the significant mental health impacts #COVID19 brings. The links between mental health & nature/gardening are well established.…
As a parent, I see immense value of #ResilienceGardens to teach my children during this school yr disruption. Math (counting seeds dividing plots, biology (life cycles, phenology, species ID), writing a garden journal... This could help families struggling w/ distance learning.
#ResilienceGardens can help with community-building during #PhysicalDistancing. Discussing successes, failures, questions in online forums. Sharing grown food with vulnerable neighbours. A small bouquet to let an elder know you can't see them but are thinking about them.
For decades, we've relied on purchasing fertilizers, pesticides & non-native pollinators to inc. yield. #ResilienceGardens will allow us to nurture native biodiversity & natural processes which provide these services for free.…
#Resiliencegardens captures carbon in plant tissues & reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our need for produce shipped from far & wide. Critical during the ongoing #climatecrisis.
#ResilienceGardens let us re-examine how we define beauty & our position within an ecosystem. Converting a section of lawn to native meadow invites wildlife in & allows us to witness ecological interactions absent on a patch of conventionally acceptable perfectly mowed grass.
Healing & resistence through gardens is something @Lunarlanding & I have been examining w/ @finding_flowers (…). #COVID19 has added another layer to the healing aspect of gardens, but also their role in disrupting systems perpetuating oppression.
As spring ramps up, we should encourage #ResilienceGardens on public & private lands in cities to inc. resilience, healing & sustainability of ppl & nature during this crisis. Thanks to @sustainontario for highlighting community gardens as essential.…
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