Food Ed Circle: “Green Thumbs Up!”

“Green Thumbs Up!” TM    –  Building Bridges to Accessibility 



“You don’t have to be a Farmer to Grow Tomatoes.” 

by: Chef Tarsha Gary

Local food growing is key — it’s easy, it’s a piece of cake, it’s a walk in the park and it’s fun! Drop a couple seeds in dirt, give it water (once a week) and you’ll be amazed, proud and healthier too!

Let’s grow food where we live — in our backyards in our own pots and in our own communities.  You don’t have a backyard and you don’t have a pot? Well, what you’ve got is no worries.  You can recycle, re-purpose and reuse everyday items like tin cans, plastic water bottles and even in a paper cup and you’ll still be “Green Thumbs Up!” TM

cup seed starter
An apple seed planted in a recycled, reused paper cup! “Green Thumbs Up!”                              photo submitted by: Chef Tarsha Gary


The following diagram illustrates the simple diffusion of a basic sustainable Food System Model that can be implemented in communities, townships, and villages under just about any circumstances.

Note:  The position of the “Urban Food System” (i.e.- community garden, roof top garden, inner city agricultural land/commercial development, or area of controlled environmental agriculture) is at the center of all other constantly developing branches of life force energy connected to food production.  In the continuum all “functioning parts,” represented in the white boxes, naturally evolve to the development of their “green extremities.”  These extremities are decidedly represented as green in direct connection with a global movement or shift to sustainable resilient lifestyles.  The future scope of an active “green” lifestyle will permeate all forms of business/income and directly impact the needs of all people globally.

Note:  There is no coincidence that this model construct resembles a tree that develops intrinsic strength and can withstand the test of time similar to that of the Baobab tree.

Food System Model Map


Boab Tree pic2

Baobab. Its bark is fire resistant. Its fruit is edible. It scoffs at the driest droughts. It shrugs, and another decade has passed. It is the baobab, one of the longest-living, strangest looking trees in the world. Several species exist in the genus Adansonia, mostly in the semi-deserts of Africa and southern Asia. They can grow to be nearly 100 feet tall—but it’s the baobab’s bulk and stature that is so astonishing; many have trunks 30 feet in diameter.  (Read more: