In fact it was Peter, whilst visiting the Lodge as a finalist for 2009 Australian of the year, who actually suggested it to Kevin and Teresa over a cuppa. They were apparently interested, as our PM was raised on a farm in Queensland. Apparently Peter and his mate Mike Plane have been on the campaign trail for over a year, but they haven’t had much luck.
Here is where we proud Australians and any International visitors come into the picture. My fellow green blogger, Darren over at Green-Change.com suggested that other bloggers and I get busy promoting this campaign. Have a look at his Kev’s Patch page. I believe it will be the start of something really big. So this is what I ask of you, if you are game. Send the PM a little message at his official web site, just like Darren and I have. If you really want to, you can mention our blogs! Now that reminds me of a dream I once had.
I am going to promote it as much as I can, and believe that if we get enough media attention, then we may just see a veggie patch at the Lodge. I am going to call our local paper tomorrow and see if they are interested in a story. Check back at Kev’s Patch on Green-Change.com regularly for updates. Darren is investigating blog buttons, a petition, and a few other things. He has even had his first write up in the Christian Science Monitor, much to his amazement.
Here is my letter to our Prime Minister. I hope you have a go as well. You can use mine as a basic template if you like. I don’t mind at all.
Organic Veggie Garden at the Lodge – Kev’s Patch
Dear Mr Prime Minister Rudd,
My friend Darren Collins and I are very impressed with the way that Barack Obama and his family planted an organic vegetable garden in the Whitehouse grounds, and were wondering if you would consider planting a similar garden at the Lodge.
We believe that by setting an example, other Australians would follow your example and begin to grow their own wholesome veggies, and therefore begin to learn how to provide for themselves in a small way. I have also read that Peter Cundall has offered to help you in this endeavour and has even persuaded some organic veggie gardeners to maintain it for you. I believe that this is an offer too good to refuse!
Please consider this proposal, as I believe it will give hope and offer inspiration to many ordinary Australians.
So what do you think? Are Darren and I crazy, or do you think it is a worthwhile campaign. Let us both know via a comment. While you are writing your comment, have a look at this you tube video from the US campaign to fire you up!
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