Norma Burnson is the author of a book “Sustainable Food for the Globe, Everyday People Producing Food in Abundance”
Norma interviews seventeen entrepreneurs from around the world who are developing ideas and creating projects to grow food. The book takes you from Canada to the USA, Pakistan to Switzerland, Uganda to Pakistan and New Zealand to the UK. The book covers areas such as kitchen gardens, eco-villages, food share schemes and much more.
One reason this book caught my attention is colleague Chris Coope from Kansas is one of the entrepreneurs in the book.
This is short section form what he is doing that is discussed in the book…
“Our patent is for a much simplified garden bedding system – that basically enables many more people to grow their own vegetables and herbs with almost no knowledge of plants. To enable this to work in our modern urbanized environment, where many hardly ever ‘dig in the dirt’ we have developed a series of Grow Pods:
- One is designed for school children to build in the science class
- The next is a somewhat more ‘Designed’ is for the modern kitchen
- Another is for the garage or deck or patio outside
- Finally there is a simplified version for direct contact with the soil
We realised that growing from seed presented a huge stumbling block to many who were wanting an instant success and felt intimidated by cultivating from seeds. Conveniently this gave us an opportunity to help local organic growers by giving them three new markets to expand into:
- Small plugs
- Partially grown
- Almost mature.
All of these are still growing and this planted in pots and so not subject to trips to ‘’food hubs’, unnecessary distribution and packing, and thus much cheaper to take from grower to table. Our various kits are designed to maintain the plant’s growing condition, even in the kitchen or garage, school, restaurant or office. In so doing we feel the 40% waste that is currently costing just the USA around $165 billion a year could be significantly reduced, by adopters of our system.”
I love the casuals style of this book and the stories that are mentioned.
If you are interested in learning more contact Norma Burnson.