A Vision for Our Garden

The gardener’s way of gardening has the potential to affect so much beyond the garden gate, both for good and bad.
— Lisa Mason Ziegler
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In our mission statement, we say that we are "a worldwide fellowship of people enriched by our connection to Easton Mountain. This fellowship is a force for positive change in the world." It goes on to say that we value "the beauty of the earth, and our practice of stewardship of it." We know that many people, perhaps ourselves at times, have not practiced good stewardship and because of this the world is facing drastic changes in climate. Some places will withstand the effects of climate change more than others. One of the key's to surviving in this new world is local resilience - the ability of a local region to feed its people and protect them.

At Easton Mountain, our garden can be a tool for teaching people how to practice good stewardship by growing their own food in a way that is easy and sustainable, using the year-round mulch method made famous by The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book.  We already have experience in using this method.  Right now we have fifteen beds, totaling about 850 square feet, mulched for the winter, and just waiting for plants to be added in the spring.

The prototype garden that I envision would include staple items like tomatoes, yellow onions, potatoes, carrots, red kidney beans, cannellini beans, edamame (soy beans), parsnips, kale, and garlic. These vegetables have been selected because they can be preserved and stored beyond the growing season so that they could provide food for up to a year.

For how many people might our garden provide food? That is a question to be answered by measuring the food produced and calculating how much it would contribute to a 2000- to 2800-calories-per-day diet. In addition, we will make an estimate of the carbon foot-print (the amount of fossil fuel used in creating our garden) compared to the carbon foot-print of someone who obtained the same food from a US supermarket.

During the planning and growing season we will regularly post on our blog articles about what we're doing and what our results are so that others can profit by out experiences. Toward the end of the growing season, we will celebrate our harvest at one of our community dinners where local residents will be invited to feast on a meal that is 80% to 90% from our garden.

Does this project call out to you. If you have gardening experience or are just interested in working with us in the garden, please contact me by emailing sunfire@eastonmountain.org or by calling me at 518-692-8023 ex. 216. Together we can make Easton Mountain even more of a positive force for change in the world.

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