I have always found the garden as a place of peace and tranquility. I love that the garden is a site for resistance and the act of gardening, now defined as a resistance strategy. It is powerful to witness people create systems and structures that work to their benefit instead of participating in systems that were developed to oppress them. I’m sure that in many ways this gardening revolution and the creative strategies that people enact in order to transform urban spaces will have academics coming up with new questions and innovative ways to address them.
Most academic discussions portray oppressed people as being reactionary, implying that people react to conditions like police brutality, the foreclosure crisis, or even the location and health implications of an incinerator. It describes a model that shows activists as waiting for something to happen and then they react. This model neither appreciates nor does it respect a community’s ability to address community problems using community-based solutions.