Hope you enjoyed Anne’s post! She is the master of quick, easy, and tasty! Today, I welcome another master chef: my friend Melody. This isn’t Melody’s first CR guest post. She honored me with her presence about a year ago, when she wrote a post on eating high raw and vegan on a budget. Budget conscious veganism is, in fact, Melody’s specialty as a blogger: her blog is famously structured to reflect meals that add up to no more than $3.33 each day. No one is more dedicated to frugal eating than she.
As someone who is suddenly operating on a student’s budget once again, I appreciate Melody’s tips general ethos as a blogger, and I’m thrilled to welcome her here to CR to tell us about her exciting new project, Share a Plot, which allows people in need of fertile land to connect with people who have it, all in the interest of community farming. Thanks, Mel, for being here!
My name is Melody Polakow. I am the author of the blog, Melomeals : Vegan for $3.33 a Day.
Basically, my goal is to feed myself and my son who lives with me part time for $3.33 a Day or $100 a month. This was born out of necessity; two years ago I was laid of from my job as a vegan and raw food chef. I was living off of savings and unemployment and had to be very strict with my budget.
Fast forward two years and several more chef jobs. I have made a conscious choice to follow my dreams, branch out on my own, as Personal Vegan and Raw Food Chef, Recipe Developer and Photographer. This is an exciting time for me and I am budgeting carefully as I build my business.
I have developed a pretty good system (http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2010/11/tips-and-sample-weekly-menu.html ) based around conventionally grown produce, which is great, but not ideal. Ideally, everyone would have access to local, organic and sustainable foods, but in reality it is not so. I get a lot of email and the biggest concern/criticism has been about this issue. I feel somewhat helpless to address it. I have been asked why I don’t garden and the answer is I don’t have any space that would allow me to. I live in a basement apartment surrounded by pine trees with no patio. There are community gardens in many cities and towns and those are a great resource, but space is often limited so not everyone can access it.
So, I was pondering this situation and an idea came to me: What if there was a way to connect people who had some land with people who need some land? This could be an answer for many families and individuals. I started to get excited and did some research and found that others have had this idea too.
I started a blog (http://shareaplot.blogspot.com/ ) that will list links and resources and I’ve started a face book page ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Share-A-Plot/180438011985761 ) that will be another home base for links and information.
Gena has so generously allowed me to do this guest post to connect with YOU, her wonderful readers. I am asking YOU and YOU and YOU to get involved with this cause!
I want this idea to go viral! By helping individuals and families access healthier food, we can bring neighbors and community together. It can slow us down and re-connect us with the earth and where our food comes from. If you don’t have land, but have a sunny patio, can you lend some space for container gardening? Do you have a sunny window to grow herbs in over the winter? How about planting some for your co-workers or neighbors?
Here are some suggestions you can do to help:
- Like us on Facebook( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Share-A-Plot/180438011985761)
- Tweet this
- Blog about this and link back to www.shareaplot.blogspot.com
- Tell co-workers
- Organize a community meeting ( many libraries offer free space and will include your cause in their monthly calendars )
- Talk about this with your kids schools/teachers/PTA
- Talk to neighbors about it
- Connect with food pantries / churches / social services to find people in need of land
I tend to get overwhelmed when I think of the big picture and how many people don’t have access to healthy food. By breaking this down to one family or individual at a time, we are part of the solution.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you Gena for sharing your blog!