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  •  Poverty and depression go together (11+ / 0-)

    A friend is therapist who worked at a city clinic in the Bronx. The depression that sets in with poverty is very hard to counter. The despair spirals down and then you find a way to get used to living in that sadness.

    That kind of despair can make it hard to get the energy to create a garden, without help from someone who is mentally healthy and willing to help.

    •  I know, may be a way to counter that (2+ / 0-)
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      jennifree2bme, MizC

      is for volunteers to help gardening on other people's land for growing products that go to the foodbanks.

      If a depressed person would watch people, who are not hungry, to volunteer gardening for those who are, they might just want to join them and find gardening actually therapeutic. I still can dream, can I?

    •  And to mention another thought (3+ / 0-)
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      jennifree2bme, ladybug53, berrieh

      if there are no foodbanks at all, hunger will be stronger than the depression, and I think they will start gardening. The poor in many african countries "help themselves growing whatever they can" if they are allowed to grow something and the climate and soil is permitting it. The poor in India and everywhere else in the world do too, so why wouldn't a hungry American do the same eventually? Something to chew over.

      •  Assuming there's a place to get or buy seeds. (0+ / 0-)

        Unfortunately, many poor communities are devoid of the types of stores that sell seeds or plants.

        Impeachment is a duty, not an option that can be taken off the table.

        by bushondrugs on Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 06:32:24 PM PST

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