Something amazing happens when you grow your own food, something I never really imagined would have such an impact on me. You become so wonderfully involved in the whole process, you begin to chat to your little seedlings, ensuring they are in just the right amount of sunshine and are standing tall and happy. And when your broad beans are producing their first beautiful big pods, you smile from ear to ear knowing that somehow you played a little part in this process and because of this grand connection, your evening meals and your life will be a whole lot sweeter.
From little things, big things grow. From our little patch of earth in our suburban rental property, we are growing as much of our own food as we can. Each day we are consciously changing the path we are walking, teaching our rainbow girl the importance of each tiny seed, of the dirt between her toes.
It was only two years ago that my interest in gardening really began and back then it was a way for me to grieve, to take out my anger on the dry soil, pull the weeds and wipe the tears and find a way to connect to everything I'd lost. These days, being in the garden is a part of my everyday, a joyful meditation and reunion with Mother Earth. The planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, I rejoice in it all. And as first my romanesco broccoli peeks towards the sunlight, my heart is full, knowing that we are on our way, to providing our little family with beautiful organic food and playing our part to shift the current paradigm towards an incredibly exciting future.
Want a little inspiration to get into the garden? I recommend watching these two TED talks, the first, Future Farmers by the fabulous Costa Georgiadis and A Challenge to Live Sustainably by Nick Ritar from the ever inspiring Milkwood Permaculture.