I like this man's attitude and idea. I'm linking the TED talk. I think the audience was a little unsure how to take him.
Where I grew up, gardening is a part of life. I've always felt that having a garden, however small, was something you would just do, eventually. I grew up eating food that was grown by my family, my friends and neighbors. Not 100% but a significant fraction, especially when I was very young.
And now, I finally took the time to do a little garden and put enough effort into it to make it work. Now, after years of being dependent on supermarkets, I get it. I have food I grew. Food I canned and "put back". To this tiny degree I am less dependent on "the system".
I have shared food I grew with friends and neighbors. If you think growing food for yourself is an amazing feeling, try growing it and sharing it!
That's what empowerment feels like.
Quotes I liked:
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money”
" ‘Aren’t you afraid people are going to steal your food?’ Hell, no! That’s why it’s on the street! That’s the whole idea! I want them to take it and take back their health.”
“I’m not talking about no free sh-t. Free is not sustainable. The funny thing about sustainability: you have to sustain it.”
“What I’m talking about is putting people to work, getting kids off the street, about the pride and the honor of growing your own food."