on drives or walks in the summertime i always notice home vegetable gardens. when i spy them i get a surge of emotion- a combination of curiosity, pride, kinship, hope. i want to walk each garden to see what's flourishing, what's succumbing to insect or disease, find out if the gardener is new to it or if they've been raising tomatoes since their grandma taught them how. mostly i want them to know the pleasure i get with just a glimpse of their work in the dirt. it means something to me.
growing your own food and eating locally and in season is a popular ideal right now and i'm glad of it. i refuse to think in negative terms- that it's a passing fad or hipster idealism.
years ago i started a farmers' market in my hometown. i've developed relationships with farms and farmers in my area and my oldest son has worked for a few years at a local off grid organic farm. it's an experience and relationship that will be with him the rest of his life i am sure. i'm proud to have had a hand in that.
this documentary is playing at my local theater and i plan to go see it. maybe you'll go see it, too.