When the rare occasion happens that I'm in the garden by myself, I often grab one of my cheap-o HT's and clip it to my harvesting box, and listen in, and sometimes chat on, my club's repeater while I'm out there. There are several other gardeners in our radio club so sometimes we end up chatting about Kale, Rhubarb, Asparagus, and the sorry state of Tomatoes in Lancaster County this year.
So, seeing my HT clipped to the box of beans I had just picked got me thinking - In our house we're on a quest to produce less trash, be more self-sustainable, eat real foods (not too much, mostly plants!) We often re-watch a TED talk given by Ron Finley (you can watch it here, but warning if you are easily offended - some of the language is defineately not PG rated, but the message is AWESOME) in which he makes the statement that growing your own food is like printing money. So how many pounds of food would I need to grow to "print" enough money to replace this cheap HT with something proper?
So, it doesn't actually work that way, but you get the point. Part of our frugality just kind means we do this stuff - it doesn't actually mean we suddenly plan on spending more!
So finally, here is the whole point - I propose that some enterprising ham, or ham radio club should start a "Vegetables for Radios" program. The premise would be that kids from areas that are "Food Deserts" can join a day camp program where they garden for part of the day, and do radio stuff for part of the day. A goofy premise maybe, but I know lots of hams that are also gardeners, so why not!