Ive been puzzling over this idea for over a year now and think its about time I try to make a go of things and see where it leads. I have a strong belief that many people can increase their food stocks and improve diet without increasing costs. Infact in theory they should actually gain extra to sell but how do you maximise the space? Or maybe I should start with what I am talking about…lol I look at the rows of run down shanty housing in certain areas where people are struggling to survive on a daily basis but maybe there is a way forward. But also its something I want to do at home aswell as I would love to be able to harvest my own food and be aware of what chemicals actually went into its production as well as save money. I came across this article today and this is what sprouted the idea to actually start getting things moving.
Dr. Robert J. Holmer
Periurban Vegetable Project (PUVeP)
Xavier University – Research & Social Outreach
Manresa Farm, Fr. W. F. Masterson SJ Ave
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
telling me : “I just came across your great blog on Desertification which I started to read with great interest and joy since you share the same ideas about food security as me. Your comment on allotment gardening reflects exactly my sentiments. ………………………….. and possibly we can convince more people on the benefits of these programs, including container gardening.
The pictures I added are from two school gardens where we are establishing so-called container gardens to maximize space and to encourage pupils to replicate this at home. We also provided rainwater catchment since even in the tropics freshwater is becoming scarce (and the technology – as simple as it may be – was basically not known).
In addition, one of our former staff members just started his Ph.D. thesis on ‘bio-char’ which you also mentioned on your blog. I added his thesis proposal for your reference.
Attached also a little brochure we just came out with as well as the link to our 103 “Philippine Allotment Garden Manual“, which may give some useful ideas to people in other countries.