Created by the U.K.-based organization The People Who Share, the first Global Sharing Day is an event that will shine a spotlight the sharing economy. By tapping into the power of reciprocity across the world, Global Sharing Day will help create a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
Global Sharing Day will have four themes--business, community, education, and politics--and there are many ways to get involved.
The Importance of Sharing Gardens
This summer and autumn, I frequently revisited the video on Ron Finley's L.A. food forest and how it impacted his community. With a bitter Presidential Election and soaring crime rate in Chicago--I often needed a reminder of the good we are capable of. We can all be the Ron Finley of our communities and it doesn't take more than a few seeds.
How to Share Your GardenBelow are some ideas on how you can share your garden with others. Feel free to pick and choose those that are most appropriate for you, and share your own ideas in the comments below.
1. SeedsSeeds are by far the easiest way to share your garden with friends and strangers. Go through your seed stash or look in your garden for these easy to save seeds just hanging off of your plants. Why let seeds go to waste when you can use them to inspire a new gardener to get their hands dirty. Did you collect the seeds from a plant that had special meaning for you? Pass on the story of your seeds when you hand them over.
2. BooksI’ve bought a lot of garden books in my day but I also sometimes get garden books free to review. Most of the books I never read more than once. Chances are your garden library probably has one or two books you’ll never read again. By sharing your old garden books you’ll help pass on valuable knowledge and make room for a new book or two in your library.
3. ToolsGardening is expensive. After plants, garden tools are the biggest investment a new gardener has to make. I’m not saying you should give away all your garden tools, but you can loan them for a day to help someone start a garden.
4. PlantsFall is a great time to start a garden. Planting perennials, trees, shrubs and spring blooming bulbs should be on the agenda. While planting or transplanting, see if a few of your perennials and bulb could use some thinning and share your divisions. Those annuals I recommended saving from the frost and the annuals in fall container gardens could make a great indoor plant for someone who wants a bit of greenery but is on a budget.
5. Share Garden KnowledgeHave you been around the raised bed and have the t-shirt to prove it? Why not contact a community garden, garden club, or school garden and set up a one-hour garden clinic as part of Global Sharing Day? Bring along your favorite garden reference book and answer questions from newbie gardeners and help them understand why they may have had a failure in the garden.
Shareable has a nice collection of Global Sharing Day events across the globe ranging from the pop-up lending library at the AlleyNYC coworking space to an "eco-chic" clothing swap. You can also share or create a Global Sharing Day event in your community.
What will you share?