Originally Posted by majazama
i'm thinkin raised beds.
Not a bad idea, but even this has a costs to it, I might try a really small area this year as a raised bed and see how sucessful that is before I make a large committment. Since dh & I are not handy people, I am stumped at how to make it work with minimal costs.
Originally Posted by swimswamswum
I agree. Our food bank has something called the Garden Project. There are free beds for folks under a certain income. They get free seeds and education as well. If you have space, you can have your home garden tilled for a nominal fee ($5-10 plus all of the seeds you need). We just had our garden tilled and I'm going to start planting this week.
Given all of this support, people still need reliable sources of food. We've taken part in these services for years. Sometimes our yield is high, other times, like last summer, we're lucky to get a couple of salads. Gardening is awesome if you have the time, space and accommodating weather but it is not a panacea for poverty and hunger reduction.
So much is based on location, I know in the largest city here in Maine they have a garden project like you have described. However I live in a smaller town that does not offer anything like that, and while community gardens seem to be growing in popularity in more urban areas, I suspect there are still a lot of places that have nothing like that. Heck, my town didn't even want to give 10K to the frickin library which has seen an increase of users (hello, free books and movies) so in places like I live, getting the powers to be to consider this type of project probably won't happen for a while.