Thursday, February 8, 2007

More for the harvesters

One of my favorite kinds of environmental projects is a community garden. Done well, a community garden provides a classic example of a project that address the triple-bottom-line of social justice, environmental and economic sustainability.

Farmworker groups in Sampson county have organized a community garden to address hunger among farmworkers there. Amazingly, the people who harvest our food often go without food themselves. Working together on a community garden ensures that these very low-income workers get to eat high-quality foods, builds solidarity among the workers and even provides some extra income, since the workers have developed the project into a market garden.

Student Action with Farmworkers is hosting a “Solidarity Day” and Gardening Tool Drive on February 20th to support this project and benefit farmworkers in NC. You can help by donating gardening tool items, and by organizing your school, church, or workplace to donate items like garden gloves, hand tools, shovels, rakes, sun hats or baseball caps, and white cotton socks.

There are drop-off locations at DesignCorps in Raleigh and at SAF in Durham, but items can be mailed to SAF from anywhere, as long as they arrive by February 20th. Here's a flyer (pdf) about the project, or check out SAF's web page to learn more (scroll to the bottom).

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