I do love growing my own food. It used to be a passion. I’d watch programs like Square Food Gardening and think, ‘I could so that with my patch in the back yard.’ However, something happened to pull me away from gardening.
One reason is that my day job takes a lot of energy away from being connected to nature. The other reason is that the raccoons and the opossums often got to my veggies before I did.
Still, there is something that draws me back towards what I know to be a healing activity.
It is not just about growing food, although that is important. It is about fundamentally reconnecting with the earth.
This is a video by Emily Duncan of a couple that really understands that relationship between sustainability, food production and making a difference.
My understanding is that the couple purchased a government-owned house and converted a plain backyard into a vision of how they wanted to live and provide for their needs.
I am thinking more about gardening these days. I know I can grow small amounts of fruits and veggies indoor and outdoors. It is finding the time and committing to it that is my problem.
As for the raccoons and opossums? I’m thinking small steel-gauged veggie cages could slow them down a bit.
Screen Capture from the video Backyard Crusaders by Emily Duncan