Everyone needs to be able to plant, care for, and harvest vegetables from their own garden. Whether your neighbors are above, below, and all around you, or a mile down the road, gardening is transforming. Imagine. You’re an unpretentious, hard shell and packed inside of you no bigger than a head on needle, is a tiny bit of matter that has the potential to grow into a plant that can help feed a hungry child. Even after that wonderful task your job is not done yet. As you, a minuscule seed grows and feeds, you are also preparing your own offspring for the hungry bellies of tomorrow. Take a squash for example. Cut open a butternut and what bears testimony to life? Seeds. Lots of big, beautiful seeds. One squash can bear 25 to 100 seeds! That’s a lot of plants, and a great hope for the future. Last but not least, you, as a fully mature plant are about to give one more thing. You. Back into the soil to nourish those that follow tomorrow.
To be able to place one’s hands deep into life-giving soil, to tend the seeds, to water and protect, and partake and share, is a great and wonderful privilege.
I believe that we would all be a happier, healthier people if we came together in our communities, wherever they may be, and grew food to eat and food to give away. If we shared the earth, seeds, and time we would realize we are much more alike than different. And maybe. . .just maybe. . . our harvest would be ever so much more. Peace.