Sunday, January 30, 2011

Community Gardens Part of Something New Happening

My world feels different this year. Two of the safest places I know have undergone major change.

Christchurch where I went to art school was seen to be safe from earthquakes but it had one that equaled Haiti's and is still shaking. It was a miracle no one was killed.

When I visited at Christmas a large quake again made it necessary to cordon off the city center. My heart hurt to see the beautiful old buildings in states of decay due to ongoing quakes.

Then I returned to Queensland and the floods. Images of water roaring down formerly safe streets and the power of nature unleased in what had been seen to be secure environs.

The Gold Coast an hour away missed out this time but all became aware of the fragility of contemporary cities based on old perimeters.

A big change is happening. People have been affected by these dramatic events.

A recent meeting on the Gold Coast objected to a plan to spend money on a new council building when the cities vulnerability to natural catastrophe had not been addressed. Emotion overflowed.

Many developments have not considered the new realities of a more fragile ecosystem.

The council will however be developing more community gardens.

Food shortages brought about by the floods have made these precious places a way forward.

Food prices are still high and yet my plot at the community garden seems to always provide enough for my evening meal.

The shared areas shown in these photos will be a great source of future food.

Fruit trees line all the boundaries of this garden and are growing steadily.

When greens were short there was always something growing that could be shared.

What I have observed both in Christchurch and in Queensland is a new consciousness based on sharing and caring for each other.

As buildings crumbled or were destroyed by water people showed they cared for each other.

From these disasters something beautiful evolved, the feeling people were there for each other when the going got tough.

It felt like a crumbling world but something of light has grown from this darkness and the people in them will never be the same again.


Bangchik said...

We can live happily as a community.. and yet we can break away easily. But community garden is a beauty.., anywhere, not only on the plants but on what it can do to people...

the cape on the corner said...

oh, how i wish it was time for gardening! here in PA they are calling for more snow tonite and tomorrow.

Appalachian Feet said...

The latest issue of How to Find Great Plants is here and your post with turmeric, pepino, and more is listed. I'm still jealous of your pepino growing skills! Thanks so much for participating, I hope you will again next month. Here’s the issue:

I love your community garden post's sense of... community. :) Local food bringing people together is wonderful to hear about.

J Bar said...

Great idea. Beautiful shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Butterpoweredbike said...

It's so unnerving when the land we have come to count on suddenly feels shaky and new. But sometimes we have to be torn down, just to see how strong we can grow anew. I love seeing your little pocket of hope. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

A Joyful Noise said...

Yes, the safe places do often shake and crumble but there is a place of safty that will never fail and that is Jesus Christ. Your photos are lovely, and LIFE is springing forth in your garden and the wonderful fruit trees.

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

The truth of one's character shines the brightest during the height of adversity. Glad to see people coming together to accomplish a goal.

Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

AllieMakes! said...

My heart breaks to hear this. I hope things can get back to a better normal for you all!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!