Pirate gardens are neglected pieces of public land, repurposed by unauthorized members of a community to grow fruits and vegetables. These gardens are popping up everywhere and restaurateurs are starting to join in on this growing restaurant trend in sustainability.
Communities Face Food Deserts
Cities across the world face the burden of food deserts: areas where nutritious food is either scarce or completely absent. With no fresh produce around and the cost of food (and traveling to find that food) ever-increasing, families are settling for nutritionally void diets. But high calorie diets lacking in the proper vitamins, minerals, and fat/protein content can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and a slew of other life-threatening diseases.
Finding Solutions In Sustainability
In response to the situation, Ron Finley began his own pirate garden: growing food on a strip of land between the sidewalk and street for his neighbors to take. Though he originally dealt with local government backlash, Finley has found support and success for this cause. (His TED Talk video has over 1.3 million views, showing this trend is only growing.)
From Gardener to Restaurateur
Since his first sidewalk garden, Ron Finley’s vision has expanded to include a container café concept on a stretch of property he owns in Southern Los Angeles, California. He hopes to have a healthful menu, served in an environmentally friendly restaurant, with a garden attached to provide fresh, locally grown ingredients. This will put healthy choices in the food desert of Southern Los Angeles and fodder the “eco-lutionary” restaurant trend he believes so passionately in.
Will This Be The Next Restaurant Trend?
With the sustainable restaurant trend in full force and pirate gardeners turning restaurateur, will restaurateurs then become pirate gardeners? Could restaurants with little property claim some neglected corner of the community for their own local garden? How does your garden grow?
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