Gardening for the Poor

Would you garden for the poor?

Sounds noble.

What if the poor were living in a government housing apartment within sight of the garden and you could see that they were refusing to plow, plant, weed and harvest? Would you then work for them?

Below is a list of projects like this. They claim to teach independence and skills. That is good, if it works. Reports of the indigent participating are spotty, though.

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/14/local/me-garden14

http://www.homelessgardenproject.org/

http://transitioncolorado.ning.com/events/boulder-homeless-shelter

http://urbanministrygarden.wordpress.com/2007/09/30/dry-fall-homeless-action-alice-watersslowfood-class-on-class/

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Of 4-Wheelers and Free School Lunch

I met with Sasquatch, the high school sophomore, again this week. Our one-hour visits are delightful. Mainly we quiz him, and me!, on general knowledge from the glossary of terms at the end of the book Cultural Literacy. As usual, he got 55% right, a figure I do not consider too pathetic.

His sister returned from Europe. She is 12. She went with her middle school class from Chief Joseph Middle School. She was pick-pocketed in Spain, (“where even the homeless men are well-dressed”). What the thief got was her Spanish phrase book. Sweet revenge.

The trip cost $4,000.

I asked “Who paid for that?”

Their dad did. The whole $4,000.

Sasquatch got a used 4-wheeler for hunting. His dad bought it for him. It cost $2,000. It was in “sweet” condition. It had “been babied by its owner”.

Sasquatch’s mom is on welfare and he is on free school lunch. His mom finished a secondary education degree a couple of years ago.