Manifesto

Manifesto

 

“How we garden reflects our worldview.”  –  Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier, Edible Forest Gardens (1)

 

Our planet is facing an unprecedented and multidimensional crisis.  Climate change, resource depletion, environmental destruction, species extinction, loss of food security, human disconnection from nature and many other factors comprise a complex and interrelated web of factors that create a bleak outlook for the future of humanity and for the Earth.

 

Our modern industrial agriculture and its infrastructure are in many ways responsible for many of these crises.  Industrial agriculture bulldozes wildland ecosystems, reduces biodiversity, depletes topsoil and other natural resources, consumes vast amounts of fossil fuels, and releases toxic chemicals into soil, watersheds and human bodies, to name just a few of its negative impacts. (2)

 

The ways in which we garden or landscape our homes have similar effects.  Whereas the land surrounding the home was once used for providing food for families, the typical residential landscape now consists mainly of lawns, a few meatball-shaped shrubs around the front door, and perhaps a shade tree.  These sterile, uninspiring landscapes disconnect the home and its inhabitants from the dynamic ecosystems and cause many of the same problems that industrial agriculture inflicts on the planet.  In fact, up to 3 times as many pesticides are applied to urban and suburban landscapes as are used in agriculture. (3)

 

We have the opportunity to make a difference.  We can mitigate the destructive impacts of industrial agriculture and traditional landscaping by growing our own food.  By rethinking the ways in which we cultivate the land surrounding our homes, we can create our own Gardens of Eden – lush, verdant, productive and stunningly beautiful landscapes that heal people and planet while providing healthy, safe, and nutritious food.  We can reduce or eliminate our reliance on an industrial infrastructure that is destroying our world, and reconnect ourselves to a dynamic, beautiful and participatory landscape which has been longing for us to return to it.

 

Organic Edible Gardens exists to bring this vision into reality.

 

Endnotes:

(1)  Jacke, D., & Toensmeier, E. (2005).  Edible forest gardens, volume 1: Ecological vision and theory for temperate climate permaculture.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing. P. 9.

(2)  Horrigan, L., Lawrence, R.S., & Walker, P. (2002).  How sustainable agriculture can address the environmental and human health harms of industrial agriculture.  Environmental Health Perspectives, 110 (5), 445-456.

(3)  http://www.beyondpesticides.org/lawn/factsheets/facts&figures.htm