TEDxDirigo – Roger Doiron – A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. Doiron is an advocate for new policies, technologies, investments, and fresh thinking about the role of gardens. His successful petition to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted broad international recognition. He is also a writer, photographer, and public speaker. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Video Rating: 4 / 5

24 Responses to “TEDxDirigo – Roger Doiron – A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard”

  1. unfortunately, current thinking is that a pill, a hard “gym” workout etc are the solutions to health. Until the world view is that health starts with a healthy ecology (soil, food, etc) I doubt gardens will see significant political action.

  2. unfortunately, current thinking is that a pill, a hard “gym” workout etc are the solutions to health. Until the world view is that health starts with a healthy ecology (soil, food, etc) I doubt gardens will see significant political action.

  3. Given the reates of cancer, heart disease, etc in men, they may have MORE incentive to take some responsibility for their own bodies.

  4. What can we do about families getting fines for growing gardens in their yards ?

  5. I raise chickens in my urban backyard, and if the government would grant me a stimulus to further enjoy their delicious eggs . . . I’m not really sure how I would feel. I’d have to *shudder* approve of the government.

  6. Keep spreading the truth

  7. thank you

  8. Weather we agree with him or not doesn’t matter,the facts show all the time in the news,with re-call, after re-call,with new research reports,shouldn’t we all stop and think,try something else?Be a little pro-active in our own lives?

  9. Regarding the part about guys getting into the garden. Due to pay disparities, there is even less incentive for men to do the gardening. If Men on average earn more per hour, then men on average would have to grow more food per hour of input to be worth it.

  10. Market economies thrive on people being interdependent. People trade that which they are best at making with others who are good at making other things. Ex: Software Developers are probably not particularly skilled at growing Coffee. But we can trade software with those who do grow coffee. You also neglect that I can buy more food by working an hour at my job and then buying food (even expensive local organic) than if I took the same time and tried to grow some food myself.

  11. yeah, I agree. I went back to video because I wanted to cite that statistic. Saying that a family of ? saved 2K out of a budget of ? over a period of ?, does not tell us much at all. The way he phrases it “a couple of years ago we…” suggests that it was an annual account. The other statistic that “we’ll need to grow more food in the next 50 years as we grew in the past 10000 years” is also misleading. How much food were the 5 Million people on earth growing in 8000 BC?

  12. Thx, im a pretty big ginger fan, so ill definately check that 1 out.

  13. LOVED the talk!!!
    I have a correction for you… The outbreak of E.Coli DID NOT start with bean sprouts! It started from cows grains to ‘fatten them up’ instead of eating their natural diet of grasses, collecting their E.Coli laden excrement from their disturbed digestive environment, and ‘fertilizing’ our food with E.Coli manure! Surprise! Surprise!

  14. Thanks for your reply.
    For some reason, this presentation was just cutesy, self congratulatory and stated the obvious to me. Regardless of the non-profit status, he probably makes his living as an ‘advocate’, who I had a hard time envisioning working in the dirt, for some reason.
    This “agenda” has been going on for far longer than 15 years. In fact, the backlash against removing unruly “commoner” gardens in favor of emulating ‘pristine’ manor house lawns has been going on for centuries…

  15. KGI, as far as my research shows, harvests very few dollars and is a non-profit. Additionally, if you google him, you will see that the man has been advocating this agenda for over 15 years, long before it was established. It is only in recent years that it has come into vogue.

  16. I guess I am in the minority, but I find this a very weak presentation. Not really informative, except a few factoids about future food production. Mainly, stating the obvious with cutesy images. This man seems to have jumped on a very established bandwagon to start yet another organization harvesting self-serving dollars.
    Replanting a White House garden is not a new idea either, though taking personal credit for the work of many, he’s assured contracts for more of these anemic lectures.

  17. Hi, you can grow spinach, fenugreek, coriander, etc. in little pots or shallow vats – so you do not really need your own place for that, and these plants have quick life cycles. If lemon grass, garlic and ginger are up your alley, try those too. I do not know much about cultivating mushrooms but you could look into that.

  18. It went against the rules of her Home Owner’s Association. Such rubbish…

  19. have made this my mission for the last 3 years, ripping out our lawn and dedicating nearly all our land to growing food and raising chickens. best damn chapter of my life so far. the only grass we have is for a road that circles our house to allow us to bring in any materials we may need. we use NO synthetic chemicals or inputs. goal is to be 100% self sufficient.

  20. Love this. <3 Incredibly inspiring, and Roger Doiron you are adorable and hillarious! Great way to humorously and intelligently open people’s minds!

  21. technology will naturally save us!!

  22. Man, I might not be a gardener, but I can tell this guy really cares – when I get my own place, definately growing some food for myself lol.

  23. Absolutely brilliant and inspiring talk, thank-you so much x x

  24. Something else to consider about the growing human population is that 80% of grains and vegetables grown in the U.S. are being fed to animals for meat production, cows in particular. If meat consumption and production were reduced by half, and the grains and veggies fed to humans instead (and the cows wouldn’t miss them – they prefer grass), we’d have a lot more to go around.

    Eliminate meat entirely (overly optimistic, I know), and you’d feed a lot more. A lot.