Click on the post title to read a GREAT opinion piece in yesterday's New York Times about gardens-not lawns, urban agriculture, Victory gardens, Edible Estates, community gardens, etc, etc, etc. This article give an overview of the need for and the benefits from growing some of our own food, no matter if you live on an acre or only have a window while living in a college dormitory. You can grow something to eat that will be beautiful and delicious.
I didn't take the time to read through all the comments (129 at last count), but here is one that caught my eye and heart. I haven't seen the movie The Future of Food yet, but it is on my list of things to do. However, it is the last sentence that brought a leap to my heart and a tear to my eye.
please see the film The Future of Food
It’s the most powerful film I’ve seen on this subject.
Remember, don’t go through life, Grow through life!
— Posted by josh
As a cancer survivor for a long long time, I realized one year that I love, and in fact need, having things to look forward to. Planning and planting gardens every year while looking forward to the harvesting, eating, and "putting up" fits that bill for me. The effort invested in bringing beauty and delicious tastes to my table clearly meets Josh's mantra to "grow through life"!
One of my favorite graces (I seem to have a lot of "favorites"!)
Be a gardener.
Dig a ditch,
toil and sweat,
and turn the earth upside down
and seek the deepness
and water the plants in time.
Continue this labor
and make sweet floods to run
and noble and abundant fruits to spring.
Take this food and drink
and carry it to God
as your true worship.
~~Prayer by Julian of Norwich
Grow through life and be a gardener this year! Please let me know what you are planning to plant!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD