In the few years that I have lived in Olympia I have grown a new perspective on hunger issues, for all of the different members of our community. Then I look at Seattle and the edible food forest, Chicago and the protected honey bees living on the city hall’s rooftop, and Detroit recreating victory gardens with their immense amount of vacant lots. I wonder: if these much larger cities can take steps such as these to feed more people healthy and real food, and protect and provide for our most beloved pollinators, than we here in Olympia could be doing more, right? Yes.
Let’s get more active in planting edible perennials, fruit trees, and berry bushes in the street medians, surrounding the Capitol, our city parks and really anywhere and everywhere instead of ornamental plants that just “look nice.” The more pollinator plants we can provide, the more bees we will bring, the more life we can give to our planet and our people. If everyone that currently has access to dirt including all businesses, homeowners, etc. planted just one edible plant to share with your neighbor, passerby, or the local food bank we could make a difference. Our current food system is too big and yet still failing.
I encourage you all to think about utilizing most of the Northwest’s extremely nutrient rich soils and crisp clean air while we still have the chance to give back to the earth that provides for us.