Monday, June 20, 2011
Several community organizations in my neighborhood have organized what they're calling Sustainable Saturday - The West Philadelphia Local Food Series. The third Saturday of every month is going to be a series of garden tours, workshops and presentations on growing and preparing local foods. Yesterday was the first day, and if this is what it's like, count me in.
They talked a lot about raising vegetables and poultry, and what can and can't be done in an urban setting (apparently nothing is impossible) and they emphasized the amount of work involved in that kind of operation. Funny enough, both men admitted to eating a lot of pizza because once they're done their day jobs, and come home and work on the farm lot, they're too tired to cook their own produce and they sell it and give it away to the neighbors.
Simultaneous presentations which I missed out on: Irrigating with Stormwater (I figure I've got that under control with 2 55-gallon rain barrels in the back, both full at the moment), and Foraging for Edible Plants, which I thought was intriguing but it was at the same time as the Urban Homestead workshop. There was also a trolley tour of numerous community gardens and restaurants which serve local food.
It was great to see so many people show up at these workshops yesterday; like sewing, sometimes my sustainable living obsession makes me feel like I'm the only one out there, but apparently I am not. The presenters also were very clear that all this is an experiment: if you don't know if it'll work in your yard, give it a shot. What's the worst that can happen? You'll either have a few dead plants, which you'll have at the end of every season anyway, or it might actually work.