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Quote of the Day: Sarah “Sally” Broadhead

January 8th, 2012

“People were running here and there screaming that the town would be shelled, no one knew where to go or what to do. My husband went out to the garden and picked a mess of beans, for he declared the rebels shall have not one.”

-Sarah “Sally” Broadhead (from her journal, she lived in Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War).

Mr Chiots and I love watching documentaries and shows about historical events. We were watching The Civil War – A PBS special by Ken Burns. It’s very similar to the National Parks one, only it’s much older. It’s a fantastic documentary, I would highly recommend watching it. If you have Netflix you can watch in On Demand through them.

This quote jumped out at me when I heard it, it’s interesting that during such a difficult time, her husband picked food from the garden. Likely he knows what many of us do, that gardening is one of the greatest stress relievers and one of the best ways to feel like you’re in control of your future!

I also love that the picked the beans so that the rebels wouldn’t get them. Isn’t this how we can be sometimes with our homegrown vegetables. I am at time very greedy with them, not wanting to share them unless I know the person will truly enjoy them. Although I actually do love sharing it because nothing will encourage someone to grow their own more than tasting how much better homegrown vegetables can be and there’s nothing I like more than encouraging someone to grow their own!

Do you ever feel like you’re greedy with your homegrown food, or do you always share freely with others?  If you had to save something from you garden from the enemy what would it be? 

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.