Guest Rant by Shawna Coronado
You know what ticks me off royally?
Churches, synagogues, temples, and businesses of every
sort! Shocking, isn’t it? And let’s make this clear they tick me off because in
every community across the United States you can find these organizations AND
MORE displaying acre after acre after expansive acre of grass with no real
gardeners doing a thing about it. Where’s an Army of Gardeners when we need
Lousy, useless, non-sustainable grass is pretty much good
for nothing. Grass is the enemy. Face it: grass sucks! No literally, grass
sucks a tremendous amount of chemicals which are bad for our water aquifers and
sucks good old-fashioned water which is good for… well… staying alive.
I mean, c’mon people use your common sense. Let me spell
it out. With the nation's population projected to increase to 392 million by
2050 combined with a down global economy where many cities across the United
States alone are seeing over 11% unemployment rates – we are in trouble.
It is not the responsibility of the government to solve
every problem we have. Get off your duffs and build your community. No one else
is going to do it for you. Here’s how you get started – first, get rid of all
that useless grass that’s sucking our most precious resource. Encourage your
businesses, churches, neighborhoods, non-profits – and most importantly – your
family to start planting vegetables like they are going out of style.
Here’s a real shocker – vegetables are going out of style. Food around the world is being rationed.
With the Global Warming Crisis causing weather changes and crops to fail around
the world, this is no longer something we should be ignoring.
It’s difficult to conquer all the grass in the world.
However, I have chosen to set the example for my Army comrades. Without a
regret, I have ripped out my front lawn and planted the damndest little veggie
garden you have ever seen (in part-shade no less). Guess what? It’s growing
just fine and so far I have donated over a hundred pounds of veggies to the
local food pantry.
If you cannot plant vegetables, plant a Therapeutic
Garden. Cancer, diabetes, and heart-disease rates are skyrocketing. Why not
plant a useful garden which might encourage your community to be healthier? By
planting more gardens you are also preventing crime in your neighborhoods.
Let’s see… hmmm… what are the benefits? Stronger mental and physical health, reduced
crime, and fresh organic veggies for your neighborhood. Seems like a win-win to
Never has the world needed an army of gardeners like it
does now. Come to attention! Build a neighborhood garden, grow extra veggies to
share, help your community now because without your help some of your neighbors
might not be able to weather these difficult economic times.
Grab your pitchforks, hoes, and rotted manure! It is time
we made a difference!
Lee Coronado is an author, locally syndicated newspaper columnist,
blogger and greening expert focused on teaching and living a green
lifestyle. Visit Shawna's prime website for more information on her book and
other media – The Casual Gardener.com. Also visit Shawna’s gardening blog, The Casual Gardener and
her greening blog, Gardening Nude. Photo by Shawna of her front-yard veg garden.