Why not make it as easy as possible?
Always start with yourself – and begin by making a difference in your own neighbourhood. This is a place where you know the needs, possibilities and challenges inside and out. Your home turf is the perfect place to experiment with turning your ideas into reality. That’s the place to start. You can always distribute your idea to the rest of the world once you know what works.
Follow the example of Mads Boserup Lauritsen:
City farmer and architect Mads Boserup Lauritsen literally grew his idea in his own backyard in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood. He noticed that the sun hit the roof of the garbage shed all day long and started planting tomatoes in self-watering plant boxes. The roof of the garbage shed quickly grew into a fertile vegetable garden, and Mads’ hobby TagTomat (‘roof tomato’) is now a green business, and he himself travels all over the country to help others plant vegetables in backyards, public housing, on parking lots and along sidewalks.
The self-watering plant boxes from TagTomat have made it super easy for everyone to become city farmers. We can start growing vegetables exactly where we are. When we put a tomato plant into the soil, it feels easy and fun, and we might not think about the fact that it also contributes to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges with the climate, ecology and biodiversity. But in a larger perspective, anyone who plants roof tomatoes contributes to strengthening the cities’ green communities.