Hot off the heels of our April Month of Action, we’re diving into offering a new version of Voluntary Simplicity as well as partnering with Transition US and to encourage you to join the 350 Home and Garden Challenge!

What is the Home and Garden Challenge? 

You as an individual can identify specific actions in one or more of the four challenge areas: food, water, energy and/or community or volunteer on a community project.  All we ask is that you register your action so we can show the world just how powerful we are as a movement then check out the Actions Map to see who else is taking on the challenge.

As Trathen Heckman of the Transition US movement wrote in a recent blog post:  On a single weekend, May 14th & 15th, thousands of us will take to the streets, the garden, schoolyard, home, apartment and city hall to take action as part of the 350 Home & Garden Challenge…A multitude of organizations across the country will transform, retrofit and revitalize our landscapes and homes to grow food, conserve water, save energy and build community. And we need YOU to join us. Stand up and be counted, inspire your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. Amidst a dizzying array of crises and mounting despair, together with our heads, hearts and hands aligned in action we will bring the hope of this historic transition as we descend from peak everything to community resilience.

There is a freedom in belonging to something bigger than ourselves, when we feel apart of, not a part from things. And it comes bundled with hope. Not a blind, ungrounded faith that things will just work out. It’s hope as a purposefully engaged state of being, in spite of, even inspired by the state of things and a need to live and love with conviction.

These times ask for more from us. They ask for us to rise and shine like spring’s verdant emergence, an unstoppable force of nature.

Here’s to collaboration and to gardening for change!

Here are some resources to help you get started.  Register now as May 14th is fast approaching!

Overview (PDF)

Flyer (PDF)

Media Toolkit

Organizers Toolkit

Actions Map