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Growing Into My Space

Posted Apr 26 2009 10:14pm

The weather turned this week from 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit overnight, and here in the southeastern United States, that's it; there's no going back. It's hot as Hades now well into October, and the lettuces are shaking in their boots, knowing bitter days beckon just around the corner. With just a few weeks left, they are growing like mad, and the daily changes in my mailbox garden (and the rest of my garden behind and on the side of my house) are noticable on a daily basis. The crops are growing into their space, and as is no surprise to me (since I have learned by now that what happens in the garden tends to happen in my life as well), so am I.

My sustainability work with my brand new city of Dunwoody is getting more and more interesting as I find new opportunities presenting themselves daily, the network of like-minded (or at least open-minded) citizens expanding, and the actions and impact of all this new energy starting to be evident everywhere I look.

* Buzz words like "walkable and bikable" are being thrown around everywhere. Last week was the kick-off of a new event called the BRAD (the Bike Ride Across Dunwoody) which raised money for bike lanes in our city. And "No Idling" campaigns, pedestrian crosswalk signs, and official Safe Routes to School programs are springing up, one by one, week by week.

* My friend, Lisa, who is on the Sustainability Commission with me, just launched a program called Mailbox Gardens of Dunwoody and already these little gardens are spreading throughout her neighborhood. She has positioned them as "sharing gardens" where neighbors grow herbs, flowers and quick-grow pickable veggies (think cherry tomatoes) so that neighbors can stroll around the 'hood and have a nibble or two and pick some basil leaves for dinner. Here is Lisa and her new Mailbox Garden of Dunwoody.

* Comcast Cares Day (a nationwide volunteer outreach day sponsored by the cable company) yesterday focused on building gardens in the Atlanta area. Farmer D supplied the beds, compost, plants and plans to about 13 different sites. Here is the brand new Alpharetta community garden:

* We now have recycling at all our events (school, community, city). It is just a given.

* Local businesses "going green" shout out their changes in press releases daily.

* My in-box is filled every single day with more and more people right here in my city whom I never knew before who want to "get involved."

And so, yes, my garden is growing. My city is growing. And I am growing. In fact, I have some big news to share with you next week. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, let us know what steps forward in sustainability are happening in your community. And consider getting involved with policy work in your city--or at least check out your city website and/or City Council meeting. I, personally, am finding it actually kind of fun and surprisingly interesting. Who knew?!
Nurturing sustainability close to home and around the world. (And other food for thought!)
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