Thursday, May 7, 2009

michael pollan on yards to gardens

From "Beyond Wilderness and Lawn," in Nature, Landscape, and Building for Sustainability (University of Minnesota Press):

"Even if an age of environmentalism does not attack the lawn head on, it would still bode well for the garden in America. The decline of the lawn may be gradual and piecemeal and even inadvertent, as gardens gradually expand into the territory of the lawn, one square foot at a time. To put this another way: to think environmentally is to find reasons to garden. Growing one's food is the best way to assure its purity. Composting, which should be numbered among the acts of gardening, is an excellent way to lighten a household's burden on the local landfill. And gardens can reduce our dependence on distant sources not only of food but also of energy, technology, and even entertainment. If Americans still require a moral and utilitarian rationale to put hoe to ground, the next several years are certain to supply plenty of unassailable, even righteous ones."


Anonymous said...

This is great. I'd love to see a bunch of gardens in the Forge. What a great way to build community and be healthy at the same time!

CoinMan said...

It is a great idea. When I was growing up on Dumbarton Road in the 50s, we had a vegetable garden in the back yard. We tried all the usual fare... tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, parsely... even potatoes.

A neighbor several doors down had a compost pile, mostly for his pet box turtles. (As kids, we knew to return any turtles we found wandering about that had our neighbor's initial on the shell!)