Grow Food, Grow Hope
Where do we go as a society? What are our goals? Do we seek help or do we
seek to help? How can we help? For years I've done what I can for others
with very little. As an American I always want more for myself but what
really are my needs? We all have basic needs like food and housing. What
about those without? How far should charity have to go? Do 'we' have to
provide? Should we provide? Or should we teach, encourage, and push those
in need to help themselves and others in the process?
Looking back on my past seeing that I didn't have nutritious meals on a day
to day basis and realizing there are still children and adults in our
country and around the world that don't have those opportunities for
something like fresh vegetables and ethically raised meats drives me to want
to provide a way. Not to provide directly but to find ways in every
environment for anyone to be able to grow and sustain their own gardens
indoors and out. Aquaponics is one such way. It is not, nor is any other
method, the cure all that is needed. It is and can be a huge step in the
right direction. Mixed with other aspects of permaculture we can see inner
city communities, rural areas, and potentially even harsh environments growing
healthy sustainable foods.
Where do we start? How do we get there? Well, that's the beauty of our
modern age. More and more information is being disseminated across the
Internet with greater accessibility. While the information is there for all
to find the real work it getting the information directly into the hands of
those who can do something. Not everyone has the resources to find this
information or in many cases even know what to look for. Outreach is a
necessity. That whole feed a man a fish versus teach a man to fish thing.
And with aquaponics.... well, there's the fish!