By James | GrowEverywhere on September 5, 2012

The Grow Everywhere Manifesto

We live in a time where hungry people don’t just live in far away countries, they live right down the street in our very own cities. I was shocked to learn that here in Boulder, one of the most affluent cities in the world, 1 in 8 people struggle to put food on the table and many people are malnourished. This is unacceptable. In fact, it disgusts me because I know how easy it is to produce food.

It’s easy to produce food of average quality. And believe it or not, it’s even easier to produce healthy food at an affordable price for everyone everywhere. The problem of hunger lies not in the production of food, but in its distribution. That’s why we need to seriously upgrade the way that we think about food production and consumption.

Our current agribusiness based food system is unsustainable and fails to sustain. People are slowly realizing that it’s not possible to make a profit on a large scale while producing healthy and chemical free food. The laws of economics and the powers of nature simply don’t intersect at that point!

Many people are waking up to the fact that most food that is sold in grocery stores is poising us. This has lead to an ever expanding market for locally and organically grow food. The ever increasing demand for organic food combined with the constantly increasing ability of large agribusiness operations to produce large quantities of toxic “food”  leaves us in an interesting predicament.

How will we meet the ever rising demand for healthy and sustainably produced food if it simply can’t be done under the existing agribusiness model?

The answer is to grow in more places and to grow closer to home. The answer lies in creating more farmland in the spaces we already use. We need to grow on small family farms just outside our cities.

We need to dedicate public open spaces to food production. We need to start growing on rooftops, in backyards, and in abandoned buildings. In order to secure the future of nutritious and healthy food for everyone, we need to Grow Everywhere!

This blog documents my journey to help people produce their own healthy, local, and sustainably grown food. Watch as I creatively combine various growing techniques to fit each situation appropriately. Follow me as I show individuals, families, and corporations around the world how to take control of their own food supply and have a lot of fun doing it!

Here’s to living in abundance, providing sustenance, and to living life to it’s full potential.

Happy growing!

James ~


About James fry

James runs the show here at Grow Everywhere. He's a permaculturist by training, but experiments with and develops any food growing method that guarantees boat loads of nutrient-dense food with minimal effort and resources.

One Response to Why?

  1. Dean in OK May 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    Attn: James

    Due to hap-hazard, hostile weather conditions, poor, toxic soils,voracious insects and marauding wild animals, — organic survival gardening at my ‘patch of weeds and devil grass’ (NE OK) — has become a futile effort.

    The author of an out-of-print paperback book (“The Pyramid Greenhouse”) — Les Brown — wrote that the pyramid greenhouse was the only viable way to feed the burgeoning world population. I’ve read of the Russian pyramid experiments to determine best designs for food production, etc. Due to a harddrive failure, I’ve lost all the archived information I possessed regards a Canadian inventor of a unique pyramid structure adapted to food production or human habitation. I recall that the inventor’s name was ‘Graham’ and he was located in Ontario Provence. Graham’s pyramid featured an air re-circulation system which kept the pyramid’s interior at a uniform temperature via warm air from a rock (stones) heat-sink buried below the ground level. According to claims, the pyramid needed no additional heating — even in winter of Ontario, Canada! Graham was looking for investors with venture capital to bring his pyramid to a world market.

    I would appreciate any leads or information regards the Graham pyramid. My gardening this year is confined to attempts to grow wild, edible plants — particularly, purslane — the plant highest in glutathione, and said to be eaten daily by people who ‘live forever’ on the island of Icaria in the Augean Sea.

    Comments/questions are invited.

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