Fresh. Local. Abundant.
One Straw Society’s goal is to help people of the Sunshine Coast access and engage in a local, resilient, sustainable food system.
Our mission is to support you in:
Having access to and growing local food.
Sustaining and enhancing the environment.
Supporting the local economy.
Connecting with your community
Together and alone, through the quiet of our living room windows and our device screens, we’re watching a pandemic interrupt our world. It seemed so far-fetched when we talked about food security and the risks of our remote community, but here it is. A world on lockdown.
The Sunshine Coast provides only 2% of the food we need here. Virtually everything we eat comes on a truck, across a ferry, and most of that comes from trains and ships beyond. Mexico, Chile, China, Europe… That’s a long (and vulnerable) chain. Locally, there are few farms, aging growers, and a housing crisis making no amount of kale and corn able to pay for million dollar land. If ever there was a time to connect to what food security means, THIS is it.
It’s victory garden time. During the war, these gardens were everything. Let’s step away from the news and the tension it puts on our breath, and step outside. Feel the soil between our fingers, even if it’s just in containers on the deck, and grow our own dinner! The next 3 weeks, while we sit in isolation, is the perfect window to get this going!
Potatoes can grow in a garbage bag, pillow case, or box… They grow up to TEN times what you plant! In 30 days, you’ll be able to start eating salad greens, baby carrots, radishes, arugula, spinach, kale, beans, green onions and summer squash. In another 30 days, you’ll have broccoli, peas, and beets. This is going to be amazing for the heart and soul, your wallet, and our community!
Need seeds to get rolling? Nurseries are open, but there are also many amazing sources of local, heritage seeds, starting with the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective. If you have seeds to sell, please share below so we can find you!
Temporarily FREE due to this pandemic:
Veggie Growing class: https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/…/master-gardener-series-…
Urban Farm classes: https://urbanfarm.lpages.co/daily-gardening-classes/…
Renew your membership with One Straw Society, and join our crew of volunteers working together to help us all become more resilient! These are amazing times to be building, brainstorming, planning, and growing.