When we think of homegrown fruit and veggies, we assume they’ve been nurtured by someone who is fortunate enough to have a spacious garden.
Yet what if we were to tell you don’t need a backyard to experience the magic of growing your own food? All you need is a windowsill!
The Million Gardens Movement are championing this very message as they revolutionise how society sees gardening and remind people that it’s not as hard as we think.
Their vision is to see a garden growing on every windowsill worldwide so that everyone has the opportunity to eat delicious homegrown fruit, veg and herbs at little cost.
They do this through their ‘Grow A Garden’ initiative, where people are invited to join the movement, select what they want to grow, then receive a kit and tips on how to do it.
Not only do they hope to create an army of beginner-gardeners globally, their mission is to help families put quality food on the table and make healthy eating fun and accessible.
The brainchild of co-founders Frank Giustra and Kimbal Musk (baby brother to Elon Musk), Million Gardens Movement also work tirelessly in schools to transform eating habits.
Speaking about their venture, restaurateur and entrepreneur Kimbal said that their ‘learning gardens’ in playgrounds strive to show the beauty and community of how slow food is grown.
Their farm-to-table packages offer free curriculum activities on how to get the garden growing and support fresh seeds during seasonal changes.
Elon said: “Real food for me is food that you trust to nourish the body, trust to nourish the farmer, trust to nourish the planet. It’s very simple.
“Processed food would be the opposite of that. There’s no nourishment there. The farmer gets hosed [cheated] and it’s terrible for the planet.”
While researching areas to offer their learning gardens, Frank and Elon discovered disparity between low-income communities and wealthy schools who already had their own gardens.
Chatting to Rolling Stone, Elon explained: “It’s actually the low-income schools that don’t have it. And that is also, coincidentally or not, where the obesity is.
“What I wanted to do is take what existed in private schools and put it into low-income schools and to do it in a way where it would be the most beautiful thing in the school.
“And then if you teach kids 90 minutes a week in school, which is not hard to do because it’s beautiful and fun to be outside, you’ll double their intake of fruits and vegetables.”
While he is passionate about helping people adopt a healthy lifestyle, Elon is also realistic and avoids forcing students to eat vegetables all the time.
Instead, he believes that small steps can create big change.
Elon added: “We’re not here to claim that what we do changes everything. We believe that the cafeteria needs to improve, that we need grocery stores to exist in these food deserts. There are many legs of the stool, but the school garden movement is a critical leg.”
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