I’ve probably already said this but its worth repeating. The benefits of urban agriculture are made clearer when a garden stops being just a place where food is grown and becomes a place where communities can gather to enjoy anything from food and music to art and dance. In a sense, the garden not only has its own ecosystem with bees and pollen and birds etc. But it can become part of a social ecosystem if live music and art are introduced to the environment. Live food in the presence of live music is just awesome. Imagine having all the following on one site: abundant gardens, hand crafted ovens, complete aquaponic systems, and stages for live music and art from locals. What if we just combined a bunch of cool and simple stuff in a place? Wouldn’t that make quite an impact?
That’s the strategy that New Growth and the Gasoline Alley Foundation take and so far its working out. Each part of the system usually responds in synergy with its environment. At least that’s the idea I’m going for – a diversity of community activities in a area needing serious revitalization. The Gasoline Alley Foundation has put on a couple of parties with a similar combination of good stuff (food, drink, music, art, conversation, etc). At the end of August they’re putting on another party. Any musicians out there want to play a show? Artists want to bring material?
And now for something completely different… In the video below, Gabriel outlines his last project for the summer. It’s almost done and it’s coming out great.