|Veggies at the 2010 West Show Jersey (byMan Vyi)|
It takes a lot of energy to create a community garden. Not the “Oh, gosh, the power bill is sky high!” energy, but the physical type. Weeding, planting, watering, harvesting, and sharing. Learning is another part of the event. What plants thrive in a certain area and when should seeds be planted? Can I transplant a certain fruit tree from one area to another?
I saw a video on FB today that made me smile from ear to ear. It’s about an Ag (agriculture) instructor and students at Sylmar High School, located in Southern California’s Los Angeles County. Students pitch in to grow vegetables and fruit trees to share with their neighbors. Organic vegetables are donated not only to feed the hungry, but to show others that food is accessible to anyone willing to grow it.
A friend once told me that he was proud to have fulfilled the purpose of his life by teaching his children how to survive well, including growing their own food. Years later, his kids now teach their kids the same skills.
Do you want a break from the dismal highlights of today’s news? Treat yourself to the seldom recognized effort of teachers and students to make a positive difference in today’s world.