Wilmington, Ohio, a small town that is losing its biggest employer is looking to weatherization, green industry and more vegetable gardens (among other strategies) to help its residents make it through the recession. Some gardens would be housed on the ground of a local college, which would also be producing tomatoes, potatoes, and corn for local pantries.
The idea is to encourage local families to grow their own food through this mentorship program, which would provide education and a demonstration garden. (I know it’s supposed to be so easy, but I would need some guidance if I were to take on serious food production, never having done it.)
The multi-pronged, forward thinking strategies here are admirable; I particularly liked the attitude of a pizzeria owner, who is giving away pizza for every pie he sells, even though he lost his biggest customer: “We know things are going to get better. We just need to get everybody thinking in that direction.”
Of course, the pizzeria has a pub attached to it as well. We all know that’s a good way to make money at any time, but especially these days.
(This post is by Eliz.)