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Support Kitchen Gardens

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.

Related:
7 Reasons You Should Grow Your Own Food
Growing Food in a Shoebox

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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10:31AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thanks.

3:45AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Kitchen garden can be also in North and then you can dry the herbs for winter...and the bigger ones put into the freezer...as far there are electric available.

10:13AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

thanks

10:28PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Thanks for calling attention to this.

12:36PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I don't know that I'd call my deck garden a kitchen garden, other than I have lots of veggies and herbs in it, and I love doing the gardening. I even started a compost bin, and keep learning more all the time about gardening.

11:22PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Really great article, I am working on growing things myself.

5:10PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I do!

3:12PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

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7:36PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thanks...really enjoy my kitchen garden.For more info see:
http://kitchengardeners.org/

5:53PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I can't wait to have a large garden, but we start where we can even if small!

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