Overcoming perceived barriers as a social experiment- Karina Bencomo

ABSTRACT

Throughout history, gardening has been used as a form of mitigation and problem solving for issues such as hunger, and poverty. It has also been used for its therapeutic and rehabilitating abilities. Gardens are a place for peace, and a place for learning and cooperation, be it between the gardener and the plant, or between the people that care for the garden. Gardens have a way of healing and a way of bringing people together to learn and grow alongside the plants. Unfortunately, many communities lack a culture of edible gardening, and thus lack its unlimited benefits. When we do not have the skills, resources and opportunities for gardening, it’s easier to keep it out of our lives entirely. Gardens, and even more so, edible gardens, are not on the radar for many people. Priority is given to other, less valuable things, that do not always benefit us, and certainly do not benefit us the way edible gardens could. My Edible Garden is a personal project turned community project, designed to push me to grow from a person that was once afraid to start a garden, to someone who took the risk and can now teach others to start their own. I learned a lot through all my research, and throughout the semester through mistakes and successes alike. My garden is now currently situated in my front yard where I run the risk of anything happening to my precious plants. Although these are real issues to deal with, I hope above all that neighbors and friends, that were once oblivious to the effects of food gardens, will continue to be curious in my adventure and start a garden themselves.

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