Get Inspired by these TED Talks – Food Education, Guerrilla Gardening and more.

Last week was the second TED event hosted by the nearby city of Vancouver so what better time to look at some of the great talks old and new that relate to gardening and food security.

A great inspiration to me is well-known activist and chef Jamie Oliver. Jamie has been a huge advocate for food education his food foundation does everything from encouraging garden projects in schools to encouraging and teaching others to cook from scratch with his Ministry of Food program. I first heard of Jamie Oliver through his Food Revolution television show and got hooked almost immediately because of his passion on this subject.

I just learned about Ron Finely a week ago but had to include this because he is such a great speaker and is sending a powerful message. This gentleman is a guerrilla gardener who simply wanted to improve his neighbourhood, give them an option for healthy eating and teach them about food. I’m sure all of us can relate to his comment about just because the city decided to change the name of his neighbourhood from South Central to South Los Angeles doesn’t change anything in context to Whalley being re-branded as Central City. It takes more than that to change the community.

I mentioned in the gardens first post of the year about a seed library at Kwantlan Polytechnic University and here is a talk by Jonathan Drori about what The Millennium Seed Bank is trying to achieve. This is the largest seed bank in the world. Best sure to also check out Jonathan Drori’s other Ted Talks such as the Beautiful Tricks of Flowers.

In this talk by Louie Schwartzberg the real reward is in the last half of the talk with the amazing time lapse video ‘Wings of Life’ on the beauty of pollinators.

Next week: Soil Health

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