Sharing Gardens — Giving and Receiving (193)

pm193secondary_620More than a community garden, this sharing garden provides fresh produce for all who’ve contributed to it, with surplus going to the local food bank. Coordinators Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody note that with one large plot rather than separate plots, Alpine Sharing Garden enables more efficient food production — from watering to optimizing for pollinators. They share tips for getting started, garden planning, communicating with volunteers, garden practices like deep mulch, and especially the joy of giving without expecting a return. Episode 193. []

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  1. Dear Tonny – Thank you for writing your extensive comment. Isn’t that a strange quality of human nature–that we can see so clearly the mistakes that have been made before, by ourselves or others, and still go marching merrily down the same path! We are very excited by the results we are getting from our deep-mulch methods in the gardens. (see ) In just two years, we have established a thriving earth-worm and micro-bugs eco-system such that we are doing almost no roto-tilling and adding only minimal organic fertilizers (almost NONE). We use mainly baled straw that has been spoiled by moisture so it is a waste-product for farmers. A great bonus for us (adding tons of organic matter each year), and keeps the farmers from polluting the air since they don’t have to burn the spoiled hay. We wish you great success in implanting the ideas of the Sharing Gardens in your community. Send us an email at and we will add you to our blog-email list. Happy growing!

  2. How amazingly lovely, ive dreamt of gardens like this, but here in denmark we are rapidly converting our, once greatly productive agriculture, into what america have been doing (we even call it Americanization, as you would call the integration of imigrants into your culture, as in we are embrasing your culture with both good and dire consequences), completely ignoring stuff like the great dust bowl and degredation of topsoil on huge areas in your country. As expected we initially saw a great boost in production, but now soils are getting toxic, roundup is reaching our groundwater (we are blessed with clean enough groundwater to just pump it up and drink it without cleansing it, those days are rapidly comming to and end as up to 400 wells are getting closed due to pollution every year, this in a country the size of 16,621 square miles, roughly twice the size of Massachusetts) we now, for the first time in 80 years of recorded agricultural history, are getting less and less every year, in terms of harvest. I wish this catches on like a wildfire and spreads around the globe so our soils can be rebuilt from the salty hell of synthetic fertilizer with love, sharing and community, im imagining . Thank you chris and lynn for your very inspirational work/fun. 🙂

    Sincerely Tonny

  3. Sue Harmon says:

    so glad I came across this interview – I have been dreaming about this kind of garden and see that it really can work!

    thanks for sharing this and now it is easy to share this idea with others in my community by referring them to this interview!

  4. Jeani Hodges says:

    Chris and Lynn, Your Project is a Beautiful and Inspirational Gift, of, by, and for Humanity!! Thanks for Sharing!! Love, Jeani

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