As I wrote about at the beginning of the month, World Kitchen Garden Day is this Sunday, August 28.
This global event, sponsored by Kitchen Gardener’s International (KGI), “is an annual, decentralized celebration of food produced on a human-scale. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown and hand-made foods.”
KGI is a non-profit group focusing on healthier food and a healthier planet by promoting home or “kitchen” gardens and providing information and resources for those who do this. A kitchen gardener is someone who not only loves food but who believes that it extends beyond the plate to the soil and the natural processes and cycles that it comes from.
Approximately 20,000 kitchen gardeners from over 100 countries help each other out via blogs, forums and social networking, and organize activities all over the world inspiring people to grow their own sustainable food.
It is spearheaded by enthusiastic and tenacious kitchen gardener, Roger Doiron, the driving force behind the successful Eat The View campaign that gathered 110,000 signatures to encourage the White House to replant a Kitchen Garden.
The goals of Kitchen Garden Day are:
- To celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society, health, and gastronomy
- To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
- To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating
Whether or not you have your own kitchen garden, KGI encourages everyone to support the day by doing at least one of the following things to support the kitchen garden cause: 1) Organize your own local KGD gathering on August 28th; 2) “Attend” the global gathering to show solidarity; and 3) Join their mailing list.