In our interview/podcats series for “cities as biospheres” – an art-driven innovation lab to reduce carbon emissions and other materials harmful to the environment in our cities – I’ve spoken with Regina Cohen. Regina is a Shaman based in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. She hast started community gardens in Brooklyn in 2015, brought the initiative to Manhattan and has only recently experimented with a vegetable garden on her terrace in midtown Manhatten.
It is a very good example of what ONE person can achieve. If you start, you can do it! Don’t wait!
I’ve asked her the following questions:
- When did you start the community garden project?
- What is your major learning from the experiment?
- What happened to air quality on the terrace?
- What was the most amazing / surprising thing during the experiment?
- How will you spread the word of your successes?
- Do we need laws to green our cities?
- How much space do you need?
Listen what she had to say. Below I’ve summarized her main statements.
Regina’s main statements:
- [00:50] Importance of being connected with earth.
- [01:30] Start of community gardens and what they do for community and environment
- [02:40] If you want to do it, you CAN do it! >>> your own garden
- [05:00] main learning from the experiment >>> more oxygen, better health, cleaner air
- [06:40] 100% of the seeds will grow!
- [08:10] Knowledge sharing and help people to understand are the tolls to drive this forward!
- [09:20] Each community needs to influence their own governor to act on laws!
- [10:00] We in our society are followers! We need to become doers and influencers!
- [11:40] You need little space (1×1 m) to start the food you need.
- [12:20] We need to go back into our communities. Don’t go global! local=community
- [13:50] It’s the time of WE, it is about US ! Not one person can change it, but WE all together can!
If you want to start your own little garden, this book provides all you need to get it going.
Survival Gardens by Richard Marshall.
Complete, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for planning and growing your 3 foot self-sufficient survival garden so you never have to rely on an outside food source.
You must have in your garden based on:
- Easiest crops to grow
- Most calorie-dense crops to grow,
- Most nutrient-dense crops to grow
- The essential tools and materials needed to plan and layout the survival garden
- The “three musts” of successful survival gardening planting, watering and nutrition.
- The best techniques to consistently plant, grow and store your survival food seasonally and
- how to identify and handle plant pests and crop damage to keep your garden healthy and producing