Letter to the Editor

Monday, November 22, 2010 at 10:00pm

There is an opportunity for “community building” using a United States Department of Agriculture program, the People's Garden Initiative, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

Based on the original Liberty/Victory Gardens, if the government builds it, then volunteers work a People’s Garden to serve their community. There are 500 People's Gardens and four exist in Tennessee.

Mayor Karl Dean’s office said about 40 fairgrounds acres are available for green space due to floodplain issues. Additional land is on the south-facing slope for terraced green space or a greenhouse. Browns Creek, which runs through the 117-acre lot, has been labeled as unclean and unsafe, and soil samples are needed from the racetrack runoff. Bioremediation anyone?

There are approximately 25 million unemployed and underemployed who still need to eat even if they no longer receive income. The issues of food access and food security undermine homeland security. How can we afford two wars abroad with so many underserved here at home? Should policy support handouts or is it time to lend a hand to build self sufficiency?

Unclear immigration policy reminds us: What are the jobs that Americans won't do? Farming is risky, hard work, so let's reframe the

People's Gardens as new “national parks,” and a treasure where Americans come together to help each other.

We can make the farming jobs less labor intensive and extend the growing season with infrastructure. Use seniors and the disabled. Involve children with greater enthusiasm, and partake in another USDA Program, Farm to School. Integrate a soup kitchen.

Some people will get paid. Most will not. Compare with the Civilian Conservation Corps from the Great Depression era, where over nine years, the federal government paid 3 million people to establish the National Parks system. This is our new, national export, not “globesity” and war.

Will people work for food? Yes, especially if they don't have any food or if they are helping children or those who cannot help themselves.

Information regarding People’s Gardens in the U.S. can be found here:



Brant C.V. Keany

Nashville 37204 

Filed under: City Voices

20 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 11/23/10 at 6:04

Off-Topic Division is open for business:
How about all this drama re: VY and Fisher?
Thumbs, fingers, calfs, egos....who's this Rusty Smith, anyway?
Same as a Cutler?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/23/10 at 6:30

Brant, I like that suggestion. However, do we have the transportation infrastructure to do it? I guess I need to read up on the subject.

Hey, dargent.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/23/10 at 6:31

along similar lines, is anyone familiar with Time Banks? it's an awesome concept that could help create more sustainable communities and a more sustainable economy. thinking outside the box....


By: dargent7 on 11/23/10 at 6:38

BN2: Yeah. That's what they said about Jonestown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/23/10 at 6:57

Jonestown was run by a cult leader. This is a time bank. Bit of a difference, dargent, but I get your point.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/23/10 at 9:29

Good morning.


By: xhexx on 11/23/10 at 12:11

Brant sounds like a Marxist.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/23/10 at 12:50

xhexx as a hard time with its people skills.

By: Funditto on 11/23/10 at 1:27

Hope ya'll have a great Thanksgiving!


By: Imagery on 11/23/10 at 1:27

i look forward to the day when dargent, hexx, nemo and blanket (you know who you are) finally find something productive to do with their days instead of ridiculing and making fun of people who have positive thoughts and ideas for a better nashville. I've always found that those that sit around criticizing others are either incompetent or too lazy to have any positive influence in the community they reside in.

By: shef2 on 11/23/10 at 1:40

Thank you for your comment, Imagery-!
I agree.
Some people Help, or @ least try.
Others Hinder.
The Narcissists always seem to Hinder...

By: dargent7 on 11/23/10 at 1:47

Ok, to Ms. "Drip & Drop".
There are only 11 posts, including your critiques, today.
Nobody's listening.

By: GUARDIAN on 11/23/10 at 1:50

GUARDIAN- "People's Gardens" WELL - WELL sounds just socialist enough for some people here.

By: yogiman on 11/23/10 at 3:36


Those 'people's' gardens seem familiar with the 'people's' garden duri9ng the WWII era. Especially many people living in the cities didn't have yards large enough to have a garden so they got together and got a large lot together and shared the garden. You either shared or went hungry. Socialism? It was called friendship back then.

As for the supply and demand situation; the government had the demand and got the supply for their GIs.

By: yogiman on 11/23/10 at 3:47


I agree with you on your 1:27 post. It seems too many people are only looking for a fault to find on someone instead of actually looking into the facts they are given.

They seem to be able to read it, but they can't seem to understand it.

It seems if you don't agree with the select few, you are in/at or on, the wrong site. They seem to think you should go somewhere else because you are making too much good sense.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/23/10 at 4:43


Your 1:27 post would have had more meaning if you had something positive to have posted.


Is that the best you can do?

By: feathers on 11/23/10 at 4:50

Oh my goodness. This is a great idea, but not for Davidson County, unless its private land. Believe me, our Emperor Dean is for big $$$$$$ and could care less if the people were starving. That land couldn't produce enough cucumbers for Dean's pockets. That property is currently owned by the people and produces big money that pays our school teachers, fire department and fire departments, but that $50 million plus per year is still not enough for him. He's already stated that he doesn't care for country music, fleamarkets, fairs and stock car racing and plans to "change the image of Nashville" and "people that participate in those events can not commuinicate with him on his level", so I am sure he would easily add "farmer" to his list of those not smart enough to communicate with him. Tennesseans are less educated and rednecks you know. He has to go out of state to hire people to do all sorts of things, even landscape our parks. We are just as dumb as rocks. We even talk funny. We are so stupid we are going to lay down and let him run all over us. Or maybe he's the one that is stupid enough to believe everything Rich Riebling says.
There is a people garden in the Bells Bend area. I saw it on Tennessee Crossroads. Ask Jack Mays about your idea. His pristine, 500 + acre fertile land is zoned for agriculture.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/23/10 at 7:15

I think a People's Garden and a Time Bank are good things. How is that criticizing? That's more along the lines of positive ideas for Nashville than, ironically, a post complaining about other posters being critical! lol....the irony.

By: yogiman on 11/24/10 at 5:24

Too many people think they are elected for a public office because the people want them to RULE in their way of believing. Too few think they are in office to represent the people at large.

Oh well, there's always another election coming up (at least there used to be).

By: TerrieWalls33 on 2/1/11 at 1:04

Don't have enough cash to buy some real estate? Worry not, because it's possible to receive the personal loans to work out all the problems. Hence get a student loan to buy all you require.