The dirt is heaped up and a pumpkin sprout shoots through while we sleep.
A week passes. We go to Mamee & Papaw’s to check the newly planted organic garden and sure enough, sprouts of tiny proportion wave their little green leaves at us. The kids are beyond joyed. I was excited to see the fruits of labor being birthed, not because I did the hard work because I hadn’t — but because I wanted to learn hands-on from someone who knew how to plant, right.
I tried to do it before, …before I was ready — and yielded nothing. Zip. Zilch. You know, nada.
Mom and dad have grown food before, but I’d never quite taken such a keen interest as I have these past couple years. Maybe it’s the documentaries coming out lately with the truth about how wheat in America’s industrialized system is processed, how cattle in some areas are crammed into nasty buildings feeding on unhealthy seed that we, in turn, eat ourselves, and are paying the price for careless behavior in order to feed greed.
Maybe it’s the fact I want to get my hands dirty and feel the earth between my fingertips. Maybe it’s because I want my kids to see something small and seemingly insignificant, grow into a beautiful, healthy and vibrant bite of provision straight from God’s hand. Maybe it’s because I long to support locals as much as I used to want to move far away on mission, because I assumed that made me more useful for the Kingdom. #YesIThoughtThat
It is all the above. Now, I just want to do what I can with what I have, and I want to do it the right way. Unhurried. Unrushed. Humble and open to learning.
Organic Gardening in Kentucky: Baby Steps to Sustainable Living
A while back I shared with you my local farmer’s market adventures.
We love our area, lush farmland with equal opportunity woodland. It’s the best of both worlds.
Sustainable living has been something I’ve been researching in my fringe minutes. I just can’t shake it. Walk with me as we traipse my parent’s garden, not far from us. We tilled up our own soil and are laying the foundations for our own; an experiment in the hand’s of novice green thumbs I should say!
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