Climate Victory Garden Commitments

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Want to learn more about how to start a Climate Victory Garden? We welcome you to join this growing movement of conscious gardeners around the world, regardless of where you are on the path to adopting regenerative methods.

As you embark on this journey, we'd like to acknowledge that every Climate Victory Garden is going to look different. We encourage this diversity. By committing to the Climate Victory Garden practices below, you are committing to garden in the spirit of climate change mitigation. While we understand that not all of these practices can be implemented everywhere by everyone, we encourage you to do your best and commit to incorporating as many as possible. And, over time, we hope that you will be able to adopt them all. 

 

 

list of commitments for a Climate Victory Garden

My garden can be a tool in the fight against climate change.

I will take action to restore my soil, to help it pull carbon from the air and store it underground. I will choose gardening methods, tools, and products with climate benefits that reduce or eliminate emissions. I acknowledge that these practices also benefit my health and the food I grow. These are the practices I commit to:

 

Grow Edible Plants

Reduces food miles, decreases grocery bills, encourages seasonal eating, establishes a close relationship with food[2] 

Actions: plant your favorite foods, share with your neighbors

Benefits:

  • pulls carbon from the air, where it contributes to climate change as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Keep Soils Covered

Decreases water use, curbs erosion, and protects local water sources[3] 

Actions: apply mulch, leave plant residues, plant cover crops, strategically allow weeds 

Benefits

  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Encourage Biodiversity, Above and Below Ground

Ensures healthy soils and nutritious foods, balances ecosystems and keeps pests in check[4] 

Actions: grow many different plants, feed soil life with compost, plant pollinator habitats

Benefits

  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production

Plant Perennials

Allows for multiple harvests from a single planting, protects garden from the elements, controls weeds[5] 

Actions: reduce disturbance of soil, plant trees, choose perennial grasses, shrubs, and herbs

Benefits

  • pulls carbon from the air, where it contributes to climate change as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) 
  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Ditch the Chemicals

Decreases pollution from production to run off, reduces input costs, ensures human safety[6] 

Actions: fertilize with compost, plant companion crops, use integrated pest management

Benefits

  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Compost

Repurposes waste, reduces methane (a greenhouse gas) from landfills, increases quality of soil and nutrition of foods[7] 

Actions: compost kitchen and yard wastes, apply compost as fertilizer, share with your neighbors

Benefits

  • pulls carbon from the air, where it contributes to climate change as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) 
  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production

Integrate Crops and Animals

Decreases pests and increases fertilization naturally[8] 

Actions: allow chickens, goats, and other small animals to forage for insects or eliminate weeds

Benefits:

  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Use People Power, Not Mechanization

Reduces dependency on fuel, decreases emissions and costs[9] 

Actions: hand-pull weeds, rake instead of using blowers, choose push mowers over gas powered, bike to your garden or market

Benefits:

  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Rotate Plants and Crops

Ensures balanced soil nutrients and keeps pests to a minimum, reducing chemical input use[10] 

Actions: choose different crops and new locations each season, consider nitrogen fixing plants

Benefits

  • increases the ability of soil to store carbon that would otherwise be released in the air to form CO2 
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

Get to Know My Garden

Determines how water, inputs, and other management can be applied most efficiently[11] 

Actions: test soil for nutrients, monitor moisture, remove pests and diseased plants quickly 

Benefits:

  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions from various parts of the food system—may include emissions from soils, landfills, transportations, and input production 

We are calling on YOU to be a part of the climate change solution! Check out the map of registered Climate Victory Gardens.

Start your Climate Victory Garden today!