Food security is a challenge the world over in both developing and developed countries. The challenge is not that we cannot provide food.
We can provide instant gratification, but this is a short term and band-aid solution. The challenge is being able to provide sustainable food sources. In many cases, a shortage of arable land and garden space contributes to the problem. The solution is three-fold: transfer skills, develop sustainable locally based food sources and consider the con
cept of building vertical food walls. There has been a definite shift in understanding the value of locally grown food,
but in developing countries it is difficult to find land that can sustain crops and in developed countries, it is difficult for communities to give up valuable land space. The advantage of vertical farming is that it does not take up a lot of space. This is the intent and underlying objective of the My Arms Wide Open, My World My Garden Cause through the establishment and management of My World In A Garden vertical food walls.
Our current goal is to construct at least two sister Vertical Food Wall Systems based on the design and technology of the living wall designed by acclaimed South African artist, Dylan Lewis - http://www.designindaba.com/news-snippet/untamed-garden. The two food walls will use both vegetable and fruit plants in place of the regular plants
used in the original design. One will be located in the Town of Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The other, a mirror of the Cradock live food wall will be located in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the
Ray-Cam Community Centre. The Vancouver living vertical garden, like its sister wall in South Africa, will bring focus to community, food security and family. These food walls are about more than just crops.
Projects like this can help create a sense of real community as families learn about how to grow and maintain the walls, volunteer to help and share the harvests.
In each instance, we run our Iziko Labahlali Program to engage the younger members of the community directly. The first program related to the food wall project will be run at the Ray-Cam Community Centre in the beginning of August 2011. You can find out about the program at: http://myarmswideopen.org/causes/my-mentor-my-coach.html.
During the spring and summer growing seasons, the garden will generate multiple harvests as well as a limited number of harvests in the autumn and winter seasons. The fresh vegetables harvested will support both Ray- Cam's ongoing food program as well as ©Manzimvula, all rights reserved their own community food bank. A portion of each harvest d