What It Looks Like When Food Grows Everywhere

From rooftop farms to utility easements doubling as community gardens, growing more food in more places is a common theme here on TreeHugger. But it's not like we need to reinvent the wheel. Rob Hopkins over at Transition Culture uses an old map to muse on what the world looked like when food grew everywhere:

My reason for posting this beautiful artifact isn’t to romanticise times that were very different, and in many ways much harder, rather it is to marvel at what a really local food culture looks like in reality for those of us who have no living memory of such a thing. We see, for example, that the hospital has its own vegetable garden. The Free School has its own orchard. While many of the houses have their own gardens, others appear to have allotments out the back, large pieces of land divided into plots. In the centre of the map is a cluster of coaching inns, each of which have yards full of vegetable gardens. Behind every house, on every piece of ground, food is being grown.

Head over to Transition Culture to check out the map in more detail.

What It Looks Like When Food Grows Everywhere
An old map reveals a world where growing your own food was the norm, not the exception. Can we learn something from the past?

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