Discovering I might be growing subversive salad last week, reminded me I've been wanting to share this marvellous 2011 TED lecture by Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International for some time. It's just over 18 minutes long so grab yourself a coffee, settle down and enjoy. Roger puts across his thought provoking message in a humorous way*.
If the embedded video isn't working for you, then try this link instead.
Sometimes gardening has a reputation for being rather fluffy and lightweight which in itself isn't a bad thing, especially when lots of things in life aren't. However, this offering for Muse Day shows gardening can also tackle some pretty fundamental issues in a positive way. You might also like to look at:
- Guerrilla Gardening - self help for public planting
- Incredible Edible Todmorden - growing food for an entire town
- The Pansy Project - plants against homophobia
- Therapeutic Landscapes Network - the garden as a healer
- The Pothole Gardener (NB his videos are delightful) - making a point about our roads
- Gardening Leave - life changing horticultural therapy
- Insert thought provoking gardening project or movement of your choice (and please tell me about it in the comments below)
...and you'll see gardening can actually be pretty cutting edge. BTW those straplines are my summaries of what each project's about. The content in the links state their case far more eloquently.
* = You may also like to read my Food 2030 blog post which also looked at these issues.