“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
~ Susan J. Bissonette
My garden is still covered in a blanket of snow, but it won’t be around for much longer.
I must say, for a while I was rather dreading the end of winter. There was still much needed rest on my mind. It seems I’ve finally rested up and I’m starting to get giddy with excitement for spring. Perhaps it’s because I started my first seedlings this week or maybe it’s that I’m finally tiring of winter. Either way – I’m starting to get excited for spring!
I want to see bare earth and the beginning shoots of green. I want there to be smell in the air and softness to the wind. Most of all, I’m ready to feel the warm sun on my back as I push seeds into the cool dark soil!
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We can feed our hunger for connection by eating seasonally and also by buying directly from small farmers at the farmer’s market. Forming relationships with the people who grow our food, and taking up opportunities to visit their farms, is a healing practice. It is important for the farmers as well. The majority of small farmers are not in it for the money – farming is no longer lucrative. They do it because they have a love of independence, because they love working with the land, and often because they believe in building a food system that is based on relationship. They get immense satisfaction when their customers take an interest in their farming practices and in how and why they grow their produce.
Jessica Prentice – Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection
As I was at the farmers market on Friday morning I was thinking about why buying local is so important to me. It’s about a lot of different things, including health, but most importantly, it’s about directly supporting small farmers and producers in my community.
The truth is that many things I buy at the market could be grown in my garden, now that I have more than enough space, but I want to invest in the local food web not just for myself, but for others who can’t grow their own. I want to get to know the person nurturing the chickens that produce the meat I purchase for our cats and dogs. I want to chat with the lady who makes the cheese. It’s very important to me to encourage those that have taken on the burden of growing good healthy food for those in their community even before they had customers to purchase them.
Personally, I believe we’re heading down a dangerous path with our food in this country. Far too many people are expecting the government to draft legislation for the changes they want to see happen with the food system. What it really takes to spur change is for people to put their money where their convictions. We’ve chosen to invest in our community and it’s good to know that there are others out there like us. I know that should anything ever happen the folks at the local farm will continue providing milk for those of us who purchase from them. We won’t have to worry about not having cash to pay for it. They in turn know that if they ever need our help, we’re willing to step up as well. This is what community is all about and I’m certainly happy that we embarked on this road a few years ago, it certainly has been rewarding!
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Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
I came across this quote earlier this week and had to smile. Mr Chiots and I live complicated lives, yet I feel like our lives are very simple. We revel in the process and really relish the little things. We work long hours and yet we somehow we’re accomplish more than most other people. We’re constantly being asked how we find time to do all we do. I truly believe it’s because we appreciate and are content with simplicity.
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There is no greater joy in life than to have a purpose; to know what your life means.
- Thomas Cowan MD from The Fourfold Path to Healing
Gardening has been a key component in helping me learn to live a more mindful life. A life which has a distinct meaning, at least for me. In this day and age, any hobby we can cultivate that helps us slow down and consider what our lives mean is very valuable. Gardening is that hobby for me, while I garden, I think.
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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for”
-Epicurus Greek Philosopher (341 BC – 270 BC)
A fitting quote indeed as I start all over again in the garden. I’m trying to enjoy this season of my life and what it has to offer without focusing too much on what I left behind and all the work that lies ahead.
There are many plasm in my head for this garden, but I must remember to enjoy what it is today, a blank slate. Gardening is about the process not necessarily just about the end result. It can be hard when you see all the work that lies ahead, but I’m thankful that I have 10 years of experience under my belt as I start off on this new path.
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