Last summer I had a film team from South America come to shoot a documentary about my life for TV in Latin America. They offered to pay me $5,000 to spend a week with me. I explained that I don’t accept any payments from media but that they can donate $5,000 to a nonprofit to do good work with. I chose the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and together we’d plant 100 fruit trees.
Right now, I’m 156 days into my yearlong project of growing and foraging 100% of my food for a year.
I was told by quite a few people that garlic doesn’t grow in Central Florida and that it’s not worth the time. My circumstances called for trying anyway, because if I can’t grow it or harvest it from the wild for the year, then I can’t eat it. And garlic is all too important to me to not see for myself. It’s one of my most important medicinals and something I hold dearly for good healthy life.
For most gardeners here, it probably makes sense to just buy organic garlic from the store as needed. It’s pretty inexpensive and then there’s no need to attempt something that is likely not to turn out alright. But not me!
Yesterday I was out biking with my friends Juli and Harley and I took them to one of my favorite mulberry trees to enjoy nature’s bounty. We were greeted by an environment littered with garbage.
I have been coming here for over a year and always looked at the trash and thought about picking it up. It seemed like a daunting task though. With friends, I got the idea that maybe it could be done.
For one year I am growing and foraging 100% of my food. That means no grocery stores, no restaurants and not even taking a nibble of a cookie or sip of beer at a party for an entire year!
You might imagine me in the countryside living off the land or on a farm. On the contrary, I live in the urban environment of Orlando, Florida, in a 100 square foot tiny house that I built with repurposed materials. With no land of my own, I garden the front yards of people in my neighborhood and share the bounty with them. I take trips to nature to harvest salt from the ocean, coconuts to make coconut oil, wild yams bigger than my head and dozens of other wild foods. I also forage for food all over the city, where people walk by every single day, without ever noticing the abundance around them.
I am so excited to share this video with you. I am about 1/3rd of the way through the project and this is the first video I’m releasing in documenting the year. It serves as both an introduction to the project and a day 111 update.
We think that life is better with fresh food grown right in our own yards. We want to help people who are dreaming of this, but don’t have the money or the ability to make this happen. That’s why Rob Greenfield and the Live Like Ally Foundation are excited to launch Gardens for the People!
UPDATE. The Green Riders European Tour was a success. Read the final blog here.
The Green Riders are back at it again. This time, cycling across Europe!
I am so elated to see the good deeds continuing on. I won’t personally be on this tour, but I will be there in spirit and supporting from home. The following is an announcement of the 2019 tour and all the details one would need to get involved, written by the Green Riders team.
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Your 2019 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.
At the end one of my recent talks I was asked a question that nobody has ever asked before. It was a simple question.
“What is your heart’s deepest desire.”
I am rarely caught off guard by a question. I rarely have to say that I can’t give an answer right now. But this question was one that I didn’t have an instant answer to. Luckily, I was speaking again the next night, so I simply requested that he ask me again and that I would be certain to have an answer.
I had twenty-four hours to contemplate my heart’s deepest desire.
But it only took me three minutes…