Growing Our Own Festival
Jodi Paige, Grow Your Own Festival Founder
There is a food revolution going on. We’re a part of it. Our journey began as a small group of health-conscious citizens who organized their very first march and rally against a genetically modified food giant who was and is, monopolizing seed supplies internationally, intimidating organic farmers world-wide and spreading poison under the name of Round-Up, everywhere.
After mounting one of the most successful rallies in the country based on per capita (3,000 people showed up in Las Vegas, mostly in red shirts), and doing that annually, we were simultaneously learning about the thriving, local gardening scene in Clark County schools. Las Vegas is now the national leader in the outdoor garden classroom movement, thanks to Garden Farms, Create A Change Now and successful crowd funder, Green Our Planet. The final inspiration was the Las Vegas Green Community group. From their meeting minutes, our mission shifted to be promoting what we were For, instead of what we were Against. What we are for, is for people to take back their food supply, grow their own organic produce at home or at community gardens, being the change and the evolution in their own family’s health and wellness.
Our world, our food and the way our food is grown, farmed, sprayed and harvested, has changed more in the last 100 years than in thousands of years. Now, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) is obese. Immune deficiencies, allergies, asthma and juvenile diabetes – are all on the rise. What’s changed since we (Baby Boomers) were in school and there was ONE KID in the whole class who had allergies or asthma? Now it’s HALF THE CLASS. Our immune systems have changed, our food supply has changed, the quality of food and processed food supplies and demand has changed.
Well now, the food revolution is in full swing. Home gardening is on the rise like never before. The New Paradigm looks a lot like the Old One. Let us help you plant the seeds of change and cultivate your family’s health and wellness by Growing Your Own.
Join us for Community Meet Ups this Summer to start planning your prolific Fall/Winter garden. The seeds of change are here. We look forward to getting down and dirty with you on Saturday, October 7th ~ during epic early Autumn weather at the vibrant four acre Vegas roots Community Garden.