Originally Posted by lpresq
Community gardens are the way to go imo. For some reason, this idea has not taken off in most cities, unfortunately. I live in downtown Indy and the need/want is def there, but there has been little movement in that direction. What sort of hoops did your bro encounter?
Well it's at the K-3 school and the idea is that kids help raise the food and then get to bring them home; eating them for lunch would be a whole different bureaucracy to deal with. Community garden probably wasn't the choice description. The first issue was the school administration. The principal loved his slippery slope fallacy ("Vegetables in the schoolyard? What's next, cows in the auditorium?"). It took about a month to get approved to start digging, but he had to get all the funding himself, which is hardly surprising considering the economic climate. Luckily he has a second job with a gardening store who provided some supplies and some local businesses decided it was a worthwhile cause (Trader Joes, a bike shop, compost producer, a few individuals with money/volunteer time). The the local tea party heard about this and assumed that their tax money was being spent on socialist teachings like community gardens (Not to turn this to CE, but you know you're a head-up-your-ass conservative when agriculture is liberal brainwashing). The principal didn't want to upset the teachers, so the garden was again on temporary hiatus. After a school board meeting explaining where he got the money, it was put back on track. Now my brother just paid the $350 insurance for the year in case some kid smacks another kid with a shovel, but otherwise it's all set to go. So in case of tl;dr, Misinformed stupid people slow down the process of community gardens.