My Thoughts on Veganism… and Why I’m Not Vegan

“Are you vegan?”

That is a very common question that I receive, and I believe that it deserves a very thorough response. It’s a simple question, but typically there is a whole lot behind that three-word question.

The simple answer is no, I’m not vegan. Throughout my life, my diet has changed quite a bit, as it does for most people. In 2011, I started to wake up to the problems with our globalized industrialized food system and started to change what I was eating. Documentaries like Food Inc. and Earthlings taught me the truth about where the meat I was eating was coming from and the harm it was doing to the world, humanity, other species, and my own body. I was appalled by factory farming and resolved to remove it from my life. I didn’t do it over night, but over the next few years I transitioned to a more plant-based diet.

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Rob Greenfield’s Guide to Gardening for Beginners in Orlando, Florida

Before launching into the guide on how to grow your own food, I want to share the resources on how you can get involved with growing food with me here in Orlando.

Join my Facebook group where I post volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities, hangouts, etc. in Florida that are open for you to join!

 

Free Gardening for Beginners Classes. I teach free gardening classes in Audubon Park.  I post the events in my Facebook group and on my events and speaking schedule.

Next class: November 10th. See event for details.

 

Gardens for Single Moms. We have built five gardens for single moms in Audubon Park. We welcome you to join us in the gardens on a volunteer day. We post volunteer opportunities in the Facebook group.

 

My events and speaking schedule lists talks that I’m giving in the area and other events.

 

Free Seeds. If you are interested in free seeds, you can get them at:

Orlando Permaculture Meetings held at Audubon Park Covenant Church the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:00

My free gardening for beginners classes

 

Get involved with Community Fruit Trees

 

Get involved with Free Seed Project

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Plant It Forward

What is plant it forward? Plant-it-forward is a movement to encourage more people to plant in the backyard. Similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants will plant 3 seeds (or plants), then call out three friends on social media to do the same. It doesn’t matter if they are vegetables, sunflowers, flowers, or big trees – be as creative as you wish. The goal: MORE PLANTING!

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The Power of the Seed

I may not have a whole lot of money, but I’ve got a whole lot of pumpkins!
I am absolutely enamored by the power of the seed. Allow me to share this experience with you.
In January I had dinner with my friend Terry Meer. He made me pumpkin from his garden. This is not just a typical pumpkin you’d find at the grocery store though. This is the fantastic Seminole Pumpkin. I desperately wanted to grow it myself, so I scooped the seeds out of the three pumpkins we cut open, and I took the seeds home with me. In a few months when the time was right I planted them into my gardens.

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Community Fruit Tree Update

Over the last month, I have helped to plant 100 Community Fruit Trees in Orlando. Much of the food that I personally plant I can expect to share in the bounty in just a few months or less. Fruit trees on the other hand are a long-term investment. Most of them won’t produce fruit this year or next, and some won’t produce fruit for as much as five years.

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Community Fruit Tree Care Guide

Congratulations! You are the host of a Community Fruit Tree! Through love and care, you will be able to provide a priceless amount of fruit for the people of your community including you and your family. We are so excited to be on this journey towards a happier, healthier, and more sustainable community with you.

Hosting a Community Fruit Tree is pretty easy and requires minimal work, but it does come with some responsibilities. We have written this guide for you including planting, watering, mulching, pruning, when to harvest fruit, and more resources to help ensure that the trees grow healthy and produce a bounty of fruit. This guide is written specifically for Central Florida and following it will greatly increase the chances of these fruit trees surviving and thriving.

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Solutions Fund Orlando Micro-Grant Program

Rob Greenfield and IDEAS for Us have partnered to launch a micro-grant program to incubate new projects that will have a positive impact in the Orlando, Florida community both environmentally and socially. We are launching the program by offering three micro-grants of $1,000 this spring. Throughout the upcoming years more grants will be offered.

We simply want to make our community a happier, healthier and more sustainable place. We think that empowering our neighbors who have great ideas, but lack the funds to implement them, is one of the greatest ways that we can do this. With dedication and a little ingenuity we know that $1,000 can go a long way in launching a new initiative that can ultimately grow into something very impactful. Along with the micro-grant, the project will also receive advice from Rob Greenfield as well as promotion through social media through a network of over 10 million people. 

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Free Seed Project Gardening Guide

Welcome to the Free Seed Project!
Now that you have received your seeds, or will be receiving them soon, it’s time to figure out how to turn these seeds into vegetables, herbs and flowers!

(Find out what seeds are in the Free Seed Project pack here)

(NOTE: For beginner gardeners that are not a part of the Free Seed Project, you are still in a good place. This guide is designed to help you start growing food and be successful at it).

Here at the Free Seed Project, we don’t want to just give out free seeds. We want to support you in becoming a successful gardener for yourself and your community.

In this article we have created a resource guide and FAQs to help you. This guide is geared largely toward beginner and first-time gardeners because well, experienced gardeners don’t need our help as much! Our goal with this guide is to get you started successfully and get you past the parts you may be nervous about. We want to empower you and activate you into growing your own food and sharing it with your community. And once your confidence level has risen and you feel like you’ve got the hang of it, we’re confident that you can figure out the rest!

So again, this guide focuses on the basics of growing food and provides a general rule of thumb with ideas. We believe we’ve covered mostly everything here to get you past the hard parts.

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What’s in your Free Seed Project Pack?

Your Free Seed Project Pack Guide

Congratulations on receiving your garden starter kit from the Free Seed Project! You are on your way to a beautiful, organic garden that will provide food for you and your community, while providing benefit to pollinators and beneficial critters and insects in your neighborhood.

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