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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

“We, the people, respectfully request that an organic farm be planted on the grounds of The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.”

Thus starts the petition to president-elect Barack Obama. What a simple yet innovative idea!

Can you imagine corn and lettuce and tomatoes growing on the White House grounds? Well, some people with vision have not only thought about it, they have grafted a petition to do away with some of the manicured lawns and replace them with vegetables. The benefits? Fresh vegetables for the table of not only the occupants of the White House and their guests, but also for public school programs and food pantries in Washington, DC. The cost of this plan should be lower than the care and maintenance of the current lawn. The plan is for volunteers on bicycles or on foot to deliver the food. To get all the information about this project visit their site, and maybe sign the petition.

Apparently it is also possible to grow vegetable on top of an old school bus. Not the easiest way to do that I think, but it is certainly an attention getter ;)

You may also want to check out the article “Foodies Petition Obama” on La Vida Locavore‘s site.

There are vegetables growing in the park!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Vegetables growing in the middle of a Vienna?

Not likely, and not every year, but this was the exact scene in Vienna, Austria, in the summer of 2005. The project, 25Peaces, a play on words, commemorated the 60 year anniversary of the Second Republic, the 50 year anniversary of the treaty after WWII, and the 10 year anniversary of Austrian membership in the European Union. This project was brought to life as a reminder to peace and freedom, and one of the sub-projects attempted to recreate the small gardens that the citizens of Vienna laid out in the parks after the war. Instead of grass and flowers, cabbages, lettuce, tomatoes and beans grew again on Heldenplatz, one of the parks surrounding the old city. Fences were built from anything available as they were 60 years ago, from window frames to old doors, chairs, ladders, even bicycles.
You may know these gardens under the name ‘victory gardens‘, same principle though, providing food in times of need.