Gardening as Political Protest

David Trammel's picture

I try to stay away from discussing politics here, and this thread will continue that.

I came across this article that while it has a political flavor, most of the sentiments about how starting a garden and taking more control of where you get your food, and who profits from you, resonates with what we teach here on Green Wizards. Plus the links are great too.

Why Growing Food is The Single Most Impactful Thing You Can Do in a Corrupt Political System

"The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new president to make their lives better, they’re planting seeds, quite literally, and through the revolutionary act of gardening, they’re rebuilding their communities while growing their own independence.

Every four years when the big election comes around, millions of people put their passion for creating a better world into an increasingly corrupt and absurd political contest. What if that energy was instead invested in something worthwhile, something that directly and immediately improved life, community, and the world at large?

The simple act of growing our own food directly challenges the control matrix in many authentic ways, which is why some of the most forward-thinking and strongest-willed people are picking up shovels and defiantly starting gardens. It has become much more of a meaningful political statement than supporting political parties and candidates."

Yes indeed. His comment about who is more effective, people making a garden or people marching resonated with me. I friends and I have been gardening for several years now and growing a good deal of our own food. I don't know any better way to use my time.

I see this all the time in my local environmental group. Let's protest! Let's not hang our laundry on the clothesline!
Let's have onerous government mandates! Let's not do anything ourselves without being forced too!

We'll all be forced to change, one household at a time.

Better to do it early.

Teresa from Hershey