LET’S GET GROWING

Attention all you backyard, side yard, front yard growing enthusiasts.  Here’s your chance to help form food community alliances in your local area.

Help Sow the Seeds

1. inform – print, post, fax, email this press release on websites, local newspapers, newsletter, garden clubs, church, school – be creative!

2. enlist – on the homefront, spread the word to fellow gardeners and foodies in your area, band together to form a local food network with this online community platform

The more folks joining the more likely you will be able to connect with fellow gardeners in your area.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments and improvements to FreedomGardens.org. The site’s only going to get better.

Still to come – groups, blog integrated feeds, forum, resources (growing guides) and another challenge!

Feedback

So how are we doing so far?   Is this new site helpful?  What would you like to see?

Suggestions, comments and input are welcome.

Comments(28)

  1. Stacy says:

    I love the “find other participants” map function! I think it would be even more useful if we could search within X miles of a given location. For those of us in SoCal, for instance, searching by city is almost too narrow a search, but searching by state is too wide. Having a “search within 20 miles” option would be perfect!

    A forum category where people can announce/coordinate local exchanges of fresh or preserved goods throughout the year (variety helps keep us from calling for take out, right?!) would be useful, I think. Heaven knows I could use more variety than my 3.5 gallons of plum jam (and still only half done) in the cupboard offers me throughout the winter…

    I look forward to the Kitchen section going live to help us all add diversity to our “always overwhelmed” produce (like zucchinis!).

  2. Stacy says:

    I love the “find other participants” map function! I think it would be even more useful if we could search within X miles of a given location. For those of us in SoCal, for instance, searching by city is almost too narrow a search, but searching by state is too wide. Having a “search within 20 miles” option would be perfect!

    A forum category where people can announce/coordinate local exchanges of fresh or preserved goods throughout the year (variety helps keep us from calling for take out, right?!) would be useful, I think. Heaven knows I could use more variety than my 3.5 gallons of plum jam (and still only half done) in the cupboard offers me throughout the winter…

    I look forward to the Kitchen section going live to help us all add diversity to our “always overwhelmed” produce (like zucchinis!).

  3. Anais says:

    Hello Stacy

    Thanks for the feedback… All I can say is ….

    Coming, coming & coming! 😉

    The site’s still being worked on a plug-ins going in as we speak.

    What I’d like to see is an integrated growing guide and database for vegetables, fruits and herbs.

    Look forward to this site to grow and develop over time; however, in the meantime we can use all the help we can get to promote this site. We’ll do our part if we can get others to do theirs.

    Deal?

    Cheers,
    Anais

  4. Anais says:

    Hello Stacy

    Thanks for the feedback… All I can say is ….

    Coming, coming & coming! 😉

    The site’s still being worked on a plug-ins going in as we speak.

    What I’d like to see is an integrated growing guide and database for vegetables, fruits and herbs.

    Look forward to this site to grow and develop over time; however, in the meantime we can use all the help we can get to promote this site. We’ll do our part if we can get others to do theirs.

    Deal?

    Cheers,
    Anais

  5. bethanne says:

    Yes, a growing guide would be great! I have never grown a fall or winter garden here in Altadena. I would love to know what other gardeners in my area are planting.

  6. bethanne says:

    Yes, a growing guide would be great! I have never grown a fall or winter garden here in Altadena. I would love to know what other gardeners in my area are planting.

  7. Stacy says:

    ooo…planting guides with typical planting schedules and local-hardy variants listed? Count me in!!!

  8. Stacy says:

    ooo…planting guides with typical planting schedules and local-hardy variants listed? Count me in!!!

  9. Emily says:

    I enjoy reading your website, very inspiring. The new Freedom Gardens looks great. Maybe under Harvest Keepers you can add info for cold climate growers on row covers, cold frames, and even hoop houses for the ambitious as season extenders. They are good for getting a head start on the season and for extending into the fall.

  10. Emily says:

    I enjoy reading your website, very inspiring. The new Freedom Gardens looks great. Maybe under Harvest Keepers you can add info for cold climate growers on row covers, cold frames, and even hoop houses for the ambitious as season extenders. They are good for getting a head start on the season and for extending into the fall.

  11. Jan says:

    I just have to say that you all do a wonderful job in informing us gardeners of just how easy and affordable it is to grow our own food! I have gardened and preserved for years but never kept a tally on it, I must admit that I am shocked how many pounds we have grown already and the “heavy” crops are not even ready.

    I will absolutely place this press release on my blog. thanks for all the info!!

    abitofsoil.blogspot.com

  12. Jan says:

    I just have to say that you all do a wonderful job in informing us gardeners of just how easy and affordable it is to grow our own food! I have gardened and preserved for years but never kept a tally on it, I must admit that I am shocked how many pounds we have grown already and the “heavy” crops are not even ready.

    I will absolutely place this press release on my blog. thanks for all the info!!

    abitofsoil.blogspot.com

  13. Alida says:

    I’ve already emailed tons of friends about the site. I think its great. Its good to learn about extended gardening into fall. Also a network of farmers markets type thing accross the country or region. So people can know who to search for in their location just in case. I have found inspiration in the site. Comparing other gardeners methods like raised beds etc too gardening or approaches to garden on clay soil. You’re inspiring and I’m learning !

  14. Alida says:

    I’ve already emailed tons of friends about the site. I think its great. Its good to learn about extended gardening into fall. Also a network of farmers markets type thing accross the country or region. So people can know who to search for in their location just in case. I have found inspiration in the site. Comparing other gardeners methods like raised beds etc too gardening or approaches to garden on clay soil. You’re inspiring and I’m learning !

  15. Alida says:

    I will place the press release on my myspace bulletin and keep forwarding on the email network of my friends

  16. Alida says:

    I will place the press release on my myspace bulletin and keep forwarding on the email network of my friends

  17. Alida says:

    seed saving techniques is good to learn about
    how to have raised beds for gardens
    type of natural fertilizers or creative approaches like banana peals….this would be cool to learn and share….

  18. Alida says:

    seed saving techniques is good to learn about
    how to have raised beds for gardens
    type of natural fertilizers or creative approaches like banana peals….this would be cool to learn and share….

  19. Alida says:

    also @ livestock and sharing info on that @ local level would be cool ….like raising chicks – seeds and how chicks are good for a garden…a discussion of topics @ fg

  20. Alida says:

    also @ livestock and sharing info on that @ local level would be cool ….like raising chicks – seeds and how chicks are good for a garden…a discussion of topics @ fg

  21. Alida says:

    ideas for indoor gardening in the fall/winter …like those new methods to grow indoors ??? are those good …discussion for us new to gardening our own food …or trying to

  22. Alida says:

    ideas for indoor gardening in the fall/winter …like those new methods to grow indoors ??? are those good …discussion for us new to gardening our own food …or trying to

  23. Alida says:

    ie. like how to grow tomato indoor in the winter ??? or salads ??? is it possible ???

  24. Alida says:

    ie. like how to grow tomato indoor in the winter ??? or salads ??? is it possible ???

  25. Alida says:

    i mean aerogardening ? or aero garden system ? is this good and has anyone tried it ?

  26. Alida says:

    i mean aerogardening ? or aero garden system ? is this good and has anyone tried it ?

  27. Alida says:

    Aerogarden garden kit grows lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, petunias, and more
    Includes the AeroGarden, 2 daylight spectrum bulbs, pre-seeded bio-dome grow pod, time release nutrients, and tending and harvesting guide with recipes
    Self-monitoring system adjusts for best growing conditions
    Automatic alerts notify when more water or nutrients are needed
    Organic-based, 100% natural tool requires no dirt or natural light; grows 5 times faster than soil
    ?????? Is this a good method for winter gardening indoors? Discussions like this is what I want to learn?

  28. Alida says:

    Aerogarden garden kit grows lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, petunias, and more
    Includes the AeroGarden, 2 daylight spectrum bulbs, pre-seeded bio-dome grow pod, time release nutrients, and tending and harvesting guide with recipes
    Self-monitoring system adjusts for best growing conditions
    Automatic alerts notify when more water or nutrients are needed
    Organic-based, 100% natural tool requires no dirt or natural light; grows 5 times faster than soil
    ?????? Is this a good method for winter gardening indoors? Discussions like this is what I want to learn?

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