In 2008, in the midst of a crumbling economy, Holly Hirshberg came up with a plan to help families and communities could weather the tough times by growing produce themselves. Much like the Victory Gardens of the First and Second World Wars, these “Dinner Gardens” would allow people to stretch their food budgets and enhance their nutritional intake. Individuals and families could have greater food security and take a direct part in that effort.
To help people achieve their gardens, Holly started at the beginning: providing people with vegetable seeds, free of charge. Step two was supporting their efforts with gardening information and tips for cheap gardening in the space they had available. She envisioned a nation where front lawns, empty lots, medians, parks, schools, churches, and community centers devoted space to fruit and vegetable gardens.
Holly often states ,”The Dinner Garden isn’t just about the seeds, It is about giving people hope. It is about showing people another way to live. The Dinner Garden is creating communities where families spend time together in a productive way and children learn that they can create something beautiful and useful to their family.”
Additional Resources for Today’s Show
- Members Support Brigade
- TSP Gear Shop
- ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day)
- The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day)
- Resources Holly Mentioned Today
- Resources I mentioned today
- Larry Hall’s YouTube Channel – He builds the self watering gardens using rain gutters.
- Hugelkultur Resources
- Hugelkultur Proof it Works – Video
- Hugelkultur Raised Bed Gardening without Irrigation – Video
- Hugelkultur Forum Thread on TSPs Forum
- Hugelkultur Forum Thread on Permies.com
- Hugelkultur Article on Permies.com
- Video of my Bag Garden
- Straw Bale Gardening
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