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"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

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Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country are meeting at SUNY Potsdam today for a Food Day Youth Summit.

Keynote speaker Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, led the successful effort to get a kitchen garden planted at the White House.

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Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardens International. Photo courtesy KGI.
Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardens International. Photo courtesy KGI.
He says the White House garden has become a symbol for growing your own food. "It's about making a statement that would really reach people in a way that 50 or 100 PR garden campaigns could never accomplish piled into one," says Doiron.

Doiron says he'll tell the students of the youth food summit to tackle issues like climate change, obesity, and food in the school cafeteria by making small changes in their own communities.

Doiron also gave a TED talk that went viral about thinking about gardening as a "subversive" activity.

David Sommerstein talks with Doiron about what that means and what's next for his group.

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