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It can be done anywhere!!

August 24, 2012

I visited a new market in Atlanta last February. and they sent me to an urban farm, 4 acres of space within view of the downtown high rises. I’ve stayed in contact with them and today they shared a link to a wonderful TED clip I think may excite you with all the potential amazing good it can do.

Invited to speak at a TED conference in Manhattan, teacher Stephen Ritz presents how his school in the South Bronx performed what is in many ways a modern miracle.

http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-08-02&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

If they can do that in the South Bronx, can we do it in the coalfields towns? The poor neighborhoods of Huntington and Charleston? The small towns in this state where the kids think carrots are from the plastic bag in the grocery store?

Can we get our kids to learn like this? Can we teach them?

By the way, TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2012 8:26 am

    What ever happened to community gardens? When I was younger, my Dad passed leaving my rural Idaho family in a severe financial situation. My mom moved us near her parents in Cleveland, Oh. My brothers and I joined the community garden for $2. (All seeds were included) We harvested a lot of food from our 3, 20′ x 20′ plots! Maybe it should be revived.

    • August 24, 2012 10:52 am

      We have community gardens here…..but you need to go by car to the place and pay a fee and all that. I think this guy’s approach it to use vacant space right in the neighborhood….we certainly have plenty of vacant lots

  2. August 24, 2012 4:29 pm

    I love the TED talks. I’ve posted several of my favorites. There’s something there for everyone. You can sign up to get email notices of current talks http://www.ted.com/pages/initiatives_tedtalks (email sign up is at the bottom of the page.)

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