To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.Audrey Hepburn
What is Rhody Grows Hope?
Rhody Grows Hope (RGH) is a container gardening program that repurposes food plastic recyclables - such as 32-oz yogurt containers and salad containers - as planters to grow food while reducing plastic waste. RGH also repurposes heat-treated pallets as raised garden beds. RGH circumvents soil contamination and limited or no land access prevalent in frontline communities, for food security, sovereignty and justice.
Growing one's own food as a social mobilizer tool for building regenerative sustainability
Growing one's own food provides the most direct impactful means of ensuring environmental, social and economic sustainability: one small container garden initiates a comprehensive integration of food paths from growing food, cooking nutritious food, reducing food waste, composting, green entrepreneurship, and environmental stewardship essential for cultivating regenerative sustainability.
Rhody Grows Hope encompasses various CC4ES projects the common thread of which is growing one's own food at the community grassroots level: Museum of Silenced Histories & Gardens of Regeneration, Youths for Urban Sustainability, and CC4ES Direct through Hope Gardeners network platform.
Size-scalability and mobile nature of container gardening is ideal for tending to the communities at grassroots level - especially, frontline communities' brunt with environmental challenges in addition to food apartheid. Gardening in a container circumvents the soil contamination challenges of brownfield prevalent in these communities. Mobility nature troubleshoots maintenance challenges that most school gardens face: students can take the container gardens home when schools are not in session. Furthermore, they can educate their family on growing one's own food, nurturing their leadership, engaging and empowering the whole community.
Grow a Garden
Because Rhody Grows Hope is a container garden, you can grow a garden as small or as big wherever you can find a space. It can be your backyard, balcony, along your windowsill, on a fire escape, staircases, driveway or in a parking lot. You can move the garden outdoors and bring it indoors when the weather gets cold. Possibilities are limitless.
Follow the following small steps to start a garden:
- Select what you want to grow and how much - how many bags
- Check out all the resources provided online and on-site
- Join the Rhody Grows Hope community support network
Give a Garden
Every $20 provides a Rhody Grows Hope garden kit and step-by-step support for a family in need to grow their own fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Rhody Grows Hope is a container gardening project that inspires growing your own food for food security, sovereignty, and justice.