Filed under: Food + Health, Local Events + Action | Tags: fruit, growing food, National Gardening Association, veggies
I can still see its faded brown outline in the back corner of the lawn. Our little backyard garden used to overflow with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers carrots and a rasberry bush. Two years ago when my parents moved into my grandparents’ old house next door to ours, I watched as our new neighbors moved in and neglected the food we’d worked so hard to plant. Now it’s nothing but an awkwardly placed patch of dirt disrupting the symmetry of their perfectly mowed green lawn.
Keeping up the garden wasn’t exactly labor intensive for me (I usually just got the benefit of picking the rasberries for our morning cereal) but it still gave me a little sense of pride. This feeling used to be so commonplace in America, but now it’s something really rare. Michael Pollan put it best when he asked– since when do we need journalists to tell us what’s in our food and where it comes from?
Factory farming and the over-processing of food has long been on the mind of the food conscious. But could all this thinking actually be causing some change? A recent National Gardening Association survey reported a 19 percent increase in the number of Americans who said they planned on growing their own fruits, veggies, berries and herbs this year. That’s 7 million more people who want to grow some of their own food this year. The economy is one reason for this change of heart- you’ll save about $500 at the grocery store- but maybe American’s are finally realizing that a closer connection with growing your food doesn’t make you a hillbilly: It makes you a responsible human being.
photo from cenblog.org
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