Monday, May 16, 2011

This is a Test

Pelleted Seeds
It started with a seed.  The concept was simple.  Give people who want it a chance to grow.  No cost.  No strings.  No catch.  Just an opportunity.  Make it possible for anybody. Make it possible for 50 anybodies.  Give them a community and resources so they are more likely to succeed.

Those seeds you see in the photo above grew into these:
50 Tomato Transplants

Then, it became this, twice:
Materials for the Grow Your Own Tomato Workshop donated by Smart Pots, Farmer D Organics and Home Depot.

The goal was this:
Photo courtesy of Cami Mitelman

Photo courtesy of Cami Mitelman

Photo courtesy of Cami Mitelman

Photo courtesy of Cami Mitelman

Photo courtesy of Cami Mitelman
You can read about the outcome by following this link --> click here! <--

It has been incredibly rewarding for me to be a part of this process.  The energy at the two events was so positive.  I wish I could bottle it.  It's more powerful than any drug man can make.  I am excited to stay connected with the workshop participants throughout the growing season to address any issues or concerns they are having along the way and to be able to cheer them on in their successes.  

You would think this would be enough.  And, it is.  But, at the same time, it isn't.  It isn't because there are additional people in our community who could use an event like this.  I am talking about the food desert in Dunwoody.  You can read about food deserts here and here.  It's just an introduction of the issue, but it will give you an idea.  I would like to scale this event so we can take it on the road, into the heart of the community where it is needed, and try to make a dent.  I don't know how that would work.  I don't know if it would work.  I don't know who would be involved.  I have no answers at this point.  What I do have is an experiment.  Here it is:

In the front is a reusable shopping bag.  In the back is a Smart Pot.  The shopping bag costs somewhere between $.50 and $1.00, depending on where you buy it.  The Smart Pot is under $6.00.  I have selected two tomato transplants.  They are roughly the same size.  They are growing in the same soil and the same amount of soil.  I will treat them exactly the same throughout the growing season.  It's any one's guess which one will perform better or even if one will perform better.

This time, it begins with a test.  And, we'll just have to wait to see how big it grows...


  1. Shawn: Folks could donate shopping bags and then it will cost 0.

  2. That would be ideal. In fact, it would be ideal if someone/some org. wanted to sponsor the event. They could print their name on the bags. As a sponsor, they could help cover the costs of the event... We have community road races. Why not a GROW-a-thon? A 5k of a different variety where people within the boundaries of the route get to grow. Thinking, thinking, thinking...