Welcome bloggers, gardeners and growers to Garden2Blog, hosted by P. Allen Smith. Throughout the event, you will no doubt learn about many trends and tips in gardening from Allen, your peers, as well as the presenting sponsors. Since this is a unique opportunity for Corona, as it is for this year’s hand-selected participants, we thought this would be a great platform to pose a challenge to help to generate awareness to a growing problem.
Each day, we are exposed to more and more unhealthy, processed foods, that are laden with sugars, starches, and saturated fats. Our fruits and vegetables contain chemical pesticides and unsanitary processing conditions have led to national salmonella recalls. Our meats contain growth hormones to produce more in less time, in less than desirable conditions and also processed in conditions that have led to e-coli outbreaks and death. In the US, it’s cheaper to buy a fast food cheeseburger than some organic vegetables. As a result we have become a fatter nation with alarming rates of obesity and children with diabetes, and food recalls. These days the only way to insure the quality of food is to grow it ourselves. There is a growing trend to grow at home for those fortunate with to have plenty of space, and a desire for small space gardeners with limited space.
The goal of Corona’s Strawberry Field project is to demonstrate to everyone that even in the smallest of spaces, we can all make a difference by growing fresh, nutritious and organic food. The project is open to all the participating Garden2Blog participants. To enter the challenge, notify Chris Sabbarese no later than May 2, 2011. Once entered, you will receive a package of 3 bare-root strawberry plants and a Corona trowel. Once you receive the package, it’s up to you to determine how you will grow them in a small space. Be as creative as you want, with the goal, demonstrating how even in the smallest space anyone can grow.
Create a post on your blog to document your plans and success in the Corona Strawberry Field’s Challenge and referencing/ linking to this page. You will be judged on 3 categories;
Creativity – planting method that maximizes space
Production – planting method that yields the greatest number of berries
Comments – the greatest number of comments and questions generated
The Winning Field
The “strawberry field” with the highest combined score will win a personalized iPad 2 and be featured on the Corona Tools website for promoting change even in the smallest of spaces.