It’s no coincidence that we launched this whole “From Seed to Spoon” thing on Election Day. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all political. Honestly, I was going to be sad about the result no matter who won the election. I felt like neither candidate came anywhere close to representing who I am and the values I stand for. I walked into my polling place with my wife and toddler daughter with a knot in my stomach and came out the door with an altered sense of purpose and a new mission. This story is about how the people I met on election day inspired me to help as many people grow their own food as I can.
First, I’ve got to tell a story about something I’ve felt compelled to do since the day I started this garden. The garden is one of my favorite places. I go there frequently to de-stress, read, write, or think through a problem. Heck, I’m here now writing this post. My backyard backs up to and overlooks the property for a children’s home for women and children that are going through hard times and need some help. I see the campus every day and somewhere along the way, I began to have this overwhelming feeling that I should help them somehow. I can’t explain it, I just felt called to help them. It’s been on my list of “things to do”, but I never made time for it.
Back to Election Day, and we’re waiting in line to vote in the gym at a nearby church. My daughter Marianne’s social skills far exceed mine and after a few minutes of waiting in line, she’d introduced me to a few new friends. One of them just happened to work at the children’s home mentioned before. As most of my conversations do, it soon shifted to gardening and I discovered they were needing some help with a community garden. I eagerly volunteered to get in contact with them and am working with them now to help them build a community teaching garden. I felt like through this conversation and others that I had that day, I was being taught a lesson. Instead of worrying about everything going on the country and constantly feeling sad about the news, DO SOMETHING TO FIX IT!
How does this relate to this blog? Well, another thing I’ve felt called to do is to help other people grow their own food. I started this garden 2 years ago having never before grown a successful vegetable in my life. I planted tomatoes 10 years ago and ended up with dandelions taller than the tomatoes. I started at square one with all of this, but I have a bit of an obsessive personality. I started learning as much as I could through reading books and blogs, watching YouTube gardening videos, taking classes and touring farms. I basically stopped watching all TV shows and stopped reading the news late at night. I devoted all of that time to learning, building the farm, and growing food.
I’ve spent a lot of time learning this stuff and now I want to use this knowledge to help others! I want to help people that are where I was 2 years ago and show them that it’s possible to save money and live healthier by growing your own food. I want to help others avoid some of the mistakes I made and show how easy it can be to grow your own food. My own personal journey has taught me the value of eating and living with healthy habits. I would love to be able to look back on my life when it’s over and say I was able to make the world just a little bit better by helping others live a healthier lifestyle.