Connecting with Food
“Connecting with Food”
It’s easy to forget where our food comes from. For most people, we hop in the car, go to the grocery store and pick up anything our heart desires. At the farmer’s market, maybe it crosses your mind that the food came from the earth, but it’s even more of a connection when you plant, grow and harvest something yourself!
So get dirty! Encourage your family — kids and seniors, too! — to get involved in a gardening project. Whether at home or in the community, it’s important to take the time to truly connect with the food we put in our bodies.
Here are a few ideas:
Head to your local nursery and select a fruit-bearing tree to plant in the backyard. Lemon, avocado, apple — the list goes on, but make sure your home’s climate can handle it. Many trees are ready to rock from the moment you plant them — you just need to continue to take care of them to make sure they continue to prosper. Planting a tree “from scratch” as a seed can be rewarding as well, but can also take a long time, so be patient!
Is there anything better than fresh veggies and herbs from the garden? Imagine snipping a bit of rosemary or grabbing a few tomatoes for dinner — all in your backyard! Do your research about what veggies will prosper in your climate and get to growing! This is a fun activity for the whole family.
If you don’t live in a home where you can actively garden, chances are there is a community garden nearby! A collective of people work together to maintain the garden and reap the benefits so not only will you have more fresh veggies for your home, but you’ll also meet other like-minded individuals and families. Win-win!
And don’t forget to ask at your local farmer’s market if there are any work/learn opportunities. The chance to help out on an already-operating farm is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature, help a local business and likely take some of your hard work home with you to prepare with a healthy supper!
Peace, Love, Grace and Namasgar,