For the past few weeks, I've been showing off our new garden kitchen. Student gardeners were fasinated to find out the entire counter, sink, facet, and shade umbrella came from rubbish.
I shared the story of the kitchen that started when I drove by a shipping crate next to a dumpster and could instantly picture a kitchen counter situation. I tracked down help to strap the small structure to the roof of the truck I happened to be traveling in and drove home. The first person I saw was my neighbor who of course wondered about the big crate. I told him my plan. He walked to the back of his house and brought back the sink complete with facet. A few days, a hose, and a $3 hardware store trip later, my husband and I brought it all down to the school. The counter was the perfect dimensions for the spot in the yard by the water bib. The sink fit in the counter exactly as it was. An umbrella with a main pole that had snapped in half and was on it's way to the dump found it's way to the school at the same time.
Our garden was meant to have that little kitchen oasis.
Each sink dumps into a five gallon bucket. I asked the kids what we could do with the water. So close to some garden beds, the answer was obvious. The gray water sysytem is already allowing gardeners to track how much water we use in garden class. Can you believe that in six days of class we rescued over 80 gallons of water?
I love talking revolution, especially when it comes from a kitchen.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.