In so many ways growing food, or gardening as a whole, is a brilliant training ground for dealing with life. Challenges, failures, different traits and qualities in plants, success, joy, frustration, all experienced in the safety of your own allotment or garden. I think this is why Community projects, such as the one I work for Hyde Park Source, are so successful. We aim to improve people’s health and well-being through improving the environment, and a lot of the work we do is based around getting people to meet up in a garden or an allotment for a weekly group, where they can work together and share the different experiences of gardening. It gives people a shared purpose, in a safe environment, to help them develop new skills, meet people and develop confidence.
With an increasingly uncertain world it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless, but there is also opportunities to form new connections and work together towards positive futures. I found permaculture around 10 years ago, which I like to call ‘advanced common sense’. It helped me coalesce a lot of my thoughts and principles and move away from a position of being ‘against’ to being active in creating practical solutions to problems.
Read more about Hyde Park Source here: www.hydeparksource.org