Gratitude Gardens redefine our connection to food, culture, and community. Online tools like games, wikis, and apps challenge us to explore/share our heritage and compete to create living seedbanks.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
According to RAFI, "crop genetic resources are being wiped out at the rate of 1-2% every year. Since the beginning of this century, about 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost." This means globally the stable plants most adapted to local climates are being lost. Also, few children in the 21st century are being educated on their heirloom and landrace crops or in the traditional techniques that sustained their communities for thousands of years.
How will this project solve this problem?
The problem is the solution: the same technology that distracts people from their traditions can be used to encourage them to honor their elders and share their heritage. Tough challenges, real prizes and global acclaim will provide the incentive.
Potential Long Term Impact
Communities worldwide will increase biosecurity by having shared databases, living seed banks and community farms. Hundreds of millions of people use wikipedia, facebook and play games like farmville, so our project could share info for millions too
Total Funding Received to Date: $345
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $345 . The original project funding goal was $50,000.