GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

The Community Action Gardener


A gorgeous example of community built food garden at a local elementary school

Well friends, the plan is in motion.  After getting a Reality Check about farming, I turned my energies towards my other passions- people, community and organizing.  My husband and I have fairly recently joined our local Transition Oahu group.  For those who don’t know what Transition is all about, you can check out Transition US and also the global Transition Network.  In a nutshell, these are groups of people in cities and towns all across the world who are thinking strategically and doing projects that will transition us out of our oil-based economy.  Think local foods, small more diverse economies, community building, clean energies and building resilience to our uncertain times.

One project that I’m excited to be taking on, with two other passionate women, is Garden Match!  We are going to find people who have unused yard or garden space who want it used for food growing- and pair them with a gardener who has the willingness, time and skills.  Cities all across the US do this- Urban Garden Share is a notable one, because they have such a great easy to use website.

We already have one homeowner who is willing to be our test site, and we will be having a meet and greet at her place next month.

Our goals are simple: Pair food gardeners with those who have unused space; Build community through relationships, workshops and skill-building; Contribute to the larger picture of resilience and food security.

Maybe Green Box Gardens will be popping up all over Oahu before we know it!!

Speaking of that garden- tonights menu is arugula quiche, with basil and green onion!


Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

2 thoughts on “The Community Action Gardener

  1. Awesome. And I’m glad you weren’t permanently dissuaded by your reality check about farming. Can’t wait to hear more!

  2. Wishing you well with your new project, a great idea and I’m sure it will be a success!


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