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Transforming Countries to Food Gardens
Written by Cedar Rivers   


Let's all be part of a future of spiritual wisdom, wise governance, sustainable environmental practices, abundant living and a healthy nation – well nourished in every way, creative and safe for our children, grandchildren and for future generations, and being deeply supportive of those less fortunate.

The current economic dilemmas look set to result in massive changes in banking that may possibly trigger a global depression far more serious than The Great Depression of 1929-32. We all need to be clever, imaginative and willing to change if we are to avoid this possible ‘Greater Depression’.

The most basic needs for survival are food, water and housing and added to those, the most basic needs to thrive are freedom, creativity, the arts, inventions, leisure, belonging, community, and reverence for the sacred.


Co-Creating a New Earth

FOOD and JOBS: Food Gardens

My Food Gardens idea would need co-operation between all strata of government, and all government departments, banks, businesses, charities, churches, sporting groups and citizens who are willing to make available their expertise, funds, land, buildings, skills and efforts to this end. National, state and local governments could provide assistance in health, trade, marketing, infrastructure, advertising, sales and programs for volunteers for this real and constructive purpose. Sharing and generosity are the keys.

  • Ascertain and list vacant and under-utilised government offices, houses and other dwellings, shops, towns, land, schools, caravan parks, school camps, farm stays,  former or struggling tourist venues, retreats, and farms on the mainland and islands.
  • Peppercorn rentals could be instigated for many of these resources to those individuals, families and groups who qualify by their interest and commitment. This is already working in some towns where populations have moved and empty houses are offered for $1 per week to those who qualify.
  • Subsidise the establishment and expansion of food gardens for most homes, kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities, prisons, certain council land, and in large  urban communities to small indigenous communities.
  • Willing participants and communities could receive government subsidised seeds, seedlings, fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, seed banks, garden implements and equipment, rainwater tanks, solar power, irrigation systems, dams, compost, offices and sheds, food preparation buildings and resources, green-houses, shade-houses, anti-aviaries, fences, gates etc.
  • Build on the exceptional work that many are already doing in permaculture and organic gardening, farmers markets, transition towns, free energy research groups, conservation and environmental care groups, and fisheries.
  • Australian permaculture and organic gardens and urban community gardens are exemplary examples of the success of similar programs. Regions such as The Byron Shire, Bellingen, The Sunshine Coast and Maleny are good examples of co-operative food growing.

Produce and Products

We could teach and assist all school children to grow and market vegetables, herbs, fruit, nuts, berries and medicinal plants etc. There are already many brilliant initiatives operated by passionate people who could be approached for constructive guidelines, and with a view to teaching and mentoring. Masterchef and Junior MasterChef  are classic examples of doing something very right towards these ends, as is Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation. Interest in consuming homegrown food is spreading. Children all over Australia now love to work at, and play games of Masterchef at school and at home.

  • Home gardens and orchards – back yards, front yards, pots on balconies and verandahs, urban parks and nature-strips, and assistance for farmers to turn non-productive farms into productive farms.
  • Establish rural, urban gardens, farmers markets and food co-ops to grow and sell fresh and manufactured produce.
  • Encourage sharing, exchange and gifting of produce.
  • Assist sustainable agricultural and family farms with new methods of growing and marketing food.
  • Train certain CEO’s in government departments in the public service and fund them to form their own initiatives.
  • Enrol imaginative and committed citizens who have outstanding leadership abilities in projects to inspire others.
  • Entice bright, environmentally conscious expatriates home with offers of genuinely meaningful work.
  • Employ nutritionists, chefs, writers, trainers, advertisers, soil and water experts.
  • Use a buddy system and promote teamwork at all levels to maintain enthusiasm for chosen projects.
  • Export our new product – Environmental and Food Growing Expertise!
  • Encourage, patent and develop exceptional Australian inventions.
  • Retrain sections of the unemployed workforce in new gardening skills, humane food production, environmental upkeep, wildlife sanctuaries, marine restoration and eco-tourism.

Benefits of These Initiatives

  • Jobs – across the nation and also internationally plus retraining the unemployed.
  • Re-education of the populace to modify long-held attitudes and expected outcomes of the status quo.
  • Kindergarten children through to university graduates learn to grow and prepare their own nutritious food with skills and with involvement in co-operation and teamwork.
  • Utilise the best practices such as sustainable agriculture, organics, permaculture, extensive tree planting, hydroponics, and sustainable fishing.
  • Reward green schemes, solar installation, clean technology, bicycle use, car-pooling and public transport to reduce pollution levels. Extend recycling.
  • Subsidise and encourage installation of innovative systems for irrigation and harvesting water such as windmills, solar, free and compulsory energy efficiency checks for >all dwellings, industries and businesses, and geo-thermal technology.
  • Sound gardening and farming practices including composting, natural pest control, using organic seeds.
  • Social Capital: Encourage the language of joy and satisfaction of growing clean and nutritious food, productivity and skills development, sharing and community building, solution oriented activity, food festivals and celebrations, generational interaction, care of the environment, family activities.
  • Encourage low-impact festivities and celebrations in communities nationwide in the sowing and harvesting seasons including multi-cultural practices.
  • This is a moral issue with quality values required at every level. We could for example, declare councils 'refugee friendly' wi th suitable regional projects and interactions devised in each area. We need to accept some traumatised people from less fortunate neighbouring countries, without overly increasing our Centrelink burden.
  • Pensioners and retirees could be encouraged to either work or volunteer for community projects. The real value of Elders and Mentors to be a priority seminar in each electorate or council.
  • Improved health and fitness levels nationwide.
  • Promoting notion of shopping locally with all its benefits.
  • Creative reporting of programs through music, dance and creative arts events, photography, artwork, internet, television and radio.
  • Current food producers and manufacturers enjoy expanded local and export markets.
  • Such a major focus for the entire nation means that all Australians work with a common purpose.
  • Connecting with nature in these ways make for an exciting future.

Reducing Hardships Caused By:

  • Growing job instability, unemployment and/or worker fatigue and the associated problems with: depression, stress, inertia, addiction to substances, violence, child abuse, crime, poverty, ill health, hunger, homelessness, meeting loan repayments, credit card and other debt.
  • Droughts and water shortages, floods, fires, hurricanes, pests, poor harvests, damage to food-growing areas and water sources.
  • Disrupted and reduced trade, shrinking and shrunken markets.
  • Conflicts, war and the growing needs of refugees.
  • Religious intolerance.

What Do We Do With All The Food?

  • We create a healthy nation. Feed our families, our neighbours, ourselves, animals and birds.
  • Barter or sell to shops, markets and supermarkets.
  • Sell and exchange through established shops, gardeners and farmers markets
  • Revitalise struggling food outlets such as tourist restaurants and hotels where owners purchase food at very reasonable prices and on-sell meals for similarly reasonable prices.
  • Export fresh and manufactured produce. Revitalise our economy.
  • Allows our country to give humanitarian aid in a very practical way. Export food to other nations.
  • Feed the hungry in this country and overseas by allotting say 10%-20% of all produce to nations in crisis.

Quantum Changes

We are at the brink of colossal physical changes and spiritual evolution that may never have been experienced on Earth before. This will affect every aspect of our lives - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - and if our actions are guided by the love in our hearts, and if we apply conscious awareness to everything we do - we will usher in a glorious New Earth and co-create a truly enlightened humanity during the years to 2020 and beyond.