On September 16, Urban Land Army Headquarters will be launching
Bucket Brigade is an Urban Land Army campaign that rescues unused buckets, plants them up with veggies, and brings them to the people. Salvage, food, fending for yourself. Ahh, good stuff.
The first Bucket Brigade event will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 11-2, at St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank on 4th Ave. S. in Seattle. Buckets will be sold for $1 - a Buck for a Bucket - and will be available only to those using the food bank that day.
This is what we’re doing:
We have rounded up 100 food-safe buckets from a local bakery and we will be filling them with potting soil, winter veggies, hauling them down to the food bank, and people there will snap them up and take them home. There will be a Cooking Bucket with cooking greens like collards, chard, kale, beet greens, and pac choi, and a Fresh Eats Bucket with hardy lettuce mixes with names like “Arctic Tundra.”
The idea is that long-time and brand new gardeners will be able to fend for themselves a bit food-wise, and keep these buckets planted year round. (Seattle is pretty warm but Bucket Brigades can be held in spring and summer in chillier climates.) We will be distributing seeds as well as planting, watering, and harvest information. To top it all off, these buckets cannot be recycled in Seattle so we are making a small dent in the landfill.
Once we hold this first event and work out the kinks, we will have a Bucket Brigade Field Kit available here to help you (and your personal Urban Land Army) hold a Bucket Brigade in your city. It will include tips on how to round up plants, soil, seeds, and buckets, and information on event logistics. We will have official Bucket Brigade posters and postcards for advertising your event, bucket tags with gardening information, as well as bucket stickers to pretty them up.
For more information on the Seattle event, holding your own, or joining one that is in the works, keep your eye on the Bucket Brigade campaign page. You can also join Urban Land Army and have access to something even better: Brigadiers! Urban Land Army members live in all sorts of places, and will be talking about the ins and outs of Bucket Brigade over at the Urban Land Army Action Room. There may be people there from where you live, and you can get together and get things sorted.
Over and out.