What would you say about a group whose vision is “‘To grow Life, Food and Community in our most cemented places’ and ‘To plant seeds in people’s heart’”? I would say sign me up.
That’s just what a group in London called Food from the SKY is trying to do. They call themselves, “A pioneering food growing and educational initiative on the roof top of Thornton’s Budgens supermarket, Crouch End, North London.”
My first reaction is, wait… a pioneering initiative that wants to change the world that starts on the rooftop of a supermarket? You have to be joking. But then I think of Margaret Mead’s classic line:
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
And then I am calm.
When I was a child I thought food came from the supermarket, just the same as I thought teachers slept at school. When I realized food actually came from somewhere else, that it was grown, it took me another decade to get to a farm where it was. By the time I walked out into a field that smelled like food, kneeled down, picked some of it and ate it off the stalk, I was close to 25. Now I shop at stores that can tell me a thing or two about where the food comes from, and my wife made part of our dinner last night with greens she picked from our garden out back.
It makes a difference. My point is, once I knew that difference, there was no going back. And so, I love the idea of growing food on the rooftops of grocery stores.
So, where better to start a revolution in the way urban people think about food than where urban people get the food?
It is encouraging to read about the to build an organisational template that can be easily used by other supermarkets and organisations. I wish them the best.
Where have you seen innovative ways to introduce people to where food actually comes from in your community?
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