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Happy World Kitchen Garden Day! You get one phone call.

by Timber Press on August 26, 2012

in Design

Does this look like an eyesore to you? The owners of this kitchen garden were ordered to destroy it until they collected 30,000 signatures of support. Image via Kitchen Gardeners International.

Who thought growing a kitchen garden could be so hazardous?

Last year, a Michigan gardener, Julie Bass, faced jail time for daring to grow a garden in her front yard. You can hear an interview with Julie here. After collecting 30,000 signatures of support, a Drummondville, Quebec, couple recently won the right to keep their front yard vegetable garden. And a man in Missouri also won the right to keep his kitchen garden, but only after being intimidated by local Code Enforcement officials. You can read more about his journey on his blog.

Timber Press author Ivette Soler has her own story about the response to her edible front yard which she related to Andrew Keys on his podcast, Garden Confidential.

Kitchen Gardeners International may just have the antidote. It launched World Kitchen Garden Day in 2003 with these goals:

  • To celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society, health, and gastronomy
  • To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
  • To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating

Simply put, World Kitchen Garden Day (celebrated on the fourth Sunday in August) is an “opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, hand-made foods.”

Be sure to visit the Kitchen Gardeners International website.
You might also like to enter this Kitchen Garden Day giveaway.
And here’s an article on how to start your own garden (for almost free).

Happy World Kitchen Garden Day!


More information:

The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook by Jennifer Bartley
Designing the New Kitchen Garden by Jennifer Bartley
The Family Kitchen Garden by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner, and Annette Wendland
The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler
What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks so much for the link to my Growing Days giveaway! I have so many Timber Press books on my shelves–you publish fabulous gardening resources, and I appreciate the information you provide to help gardeners. Cheers! Hope you had a great World Kitchen Garden Day!

2 Brian Ridder August 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi Julie,
Thanks so much for the comment. Yes, we had a good World Kitchen Garden Day; saddened at the trouble some people experience when they try to grow a kitchen garden but heartened by people like you making a difference. I hope the contest was a success and the blog, too!? Thanks again!

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