Edible Public Park Helps to Feed 200,000 People Every Year

by Tess Pennington

The Incredible Edible Park is a 7.5-acre public park that grows enough food, vegetables and fruits to feed 200,000 needy persons a year. Once a weeded, unused piece of land owned by the electric company is now a productive community garden. This auspicious endeavor was started as a collaborative effort from the city of Irvine to help feed those in need.

Perhaps, we can take some pointers from this video and look into ways of encouraging our own city or town to devote a park or two to growing food for the community. It would help others learn this valuable trade, as well as teach others about alternative gardening techniques. For instance, the irrigation system this parcel of land uses is based on a grey water system. Therefore, the city is not wasting drinking water, but using water that would otherwise be unused.

As the host of this video says so well, “People need to get connected with their food source. It doesn’t come from the grocery store, it comes from Mother Earth…”

Contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists. Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

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