Pavement Gardens – Creating Healthy Free Food for All

A friend and fellow storyteller from South Africa, wrote me this beautiful inspiring story of her free vegetable pavement garden. Thought it just needed further sharing!

Amanzi Veg garden 008 (2)

As you can see from the photo, I live behind a high wall, which has
electric fencing on the top of it. A couple of months ago, all the
pavements on my side of the road were dug up to put in high speed
Cabling. I thought, “dam it! Let me turn a lemon into a lemonade”. So
I moved all my pretty flowers which were on the pavement, (my sons
inherited a lot, and some I replanted inside, and friends got others)
After the cabling went in, I planted vegetables, and created a vegetable
pavement garden: Spinach, lots of tomatoes, beans, butternut (squash)
moroggo (a SA spinach which black people love). I got a few old tyres,
sprayed them orange and filled them with good soil. I placed the tyres 
where the soil was bad, or close to the edge of the Road where rain
water often washes away plants. I have a few pretty flowers like
marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias – but they are there to deter bugs
mostly. I have a sign on the pavement which says:
Pick what you can eat, but leave some for your brothers and
sisters. Healthy free vegetables!

I was driving home from shopping last week, and as I came round the
corner, I almost drove into a black man carrying a large bunch of
spinach. He waved at me with a grin from ear to ear, waving the spinach
in the air, saying thank you! I stopped the car, and said: But you
didn’t leave any for your brothers and sisters! (for he had picked just
about all the spinach). With another Huge grin he said, “no problem, I
will share it with my brothers and sisters at home!” What could I say,
I was delighted. This is part of my dream for 2013 – that many more
people plant pavement gardens, creating healthy food for all. And
although this doesn’t bring the walls down, perhaps it helps to make
them a little less solid. And who know what Stories will come out of
talking to people on my pavement!
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Henrik, Knut and Thomas, the three Norwegan creators of the successful OnePiece fashion have never attended fashion school themselves. Henrik illustrates the following:
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Say yes to life.

Say yes to life.

It‘s like th sun rising on a Monday morning.
saying here we are,
a new day,
a new week,
a new me,
coming around again,
to shine for you.

To shine for you,
when the dark moments creap around the corner.
To shine, when you wish you‘d stayed in bed.
To shine, so you see the beauty of this world at the periphery of yourself.

So you will find the white bird in the durty river,
the longing soul of the boy between the drugdealers,
the teacher who is giving her best for her students,
the artist who is sharing a story that will stir your heart,
the bug that‘s behind the leave.

Maybe no-one ever saw them before,
but they will shine you the way the sun reasures.

So you remember,
it‘s like the sun rising on a Monday morning,
when we dare to say yes to life.

September 2011 / Forest Row, England