Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
~ William Alexander
Spring is in the air! City folk are hopeful for better weather ahead and country folk are hopeful for a good planting and growing season. Too often city and country have little to do with each other, but now and then they come together and when they do, they can create something very special.
Now, if you are like me, you know sometimes water is thicker than blood because you have a relative, a cousin, aunt or uncle you are very close to, but not by blood. Janice D. and I go way, way back. Her mom is my Aunt Avis. Her step-dad is Uncle Harvey. We are not related by blood, but our family connection is strong. If you’re curious, Janice’s sister Tracie shared our family story on the “We are Family Rye Bread and Brie” post.
Janice lives just north of me in Guelph, Ontario and last spring she and her partner “Farmer Jamie” turned their front lawn into a delicious vegetable garden. If you have your own vegetable garden, you know how produce can grow faster than you can consume. Janice and Jamie embrace their community as family and happily shared their produce with family and friends. Their neighbours are thrilled they are getting ready to do it all again this year.
Step 1 – Prepare the Soil
Step 2 – Plant the Seeds
Step 3 – Nurture the New Growth
Step 4 – Watch it Grow
Step 5 – Enjoy & Share
Step 6 – Be in Awe
Note: If you are inspired to dig up your own front lawn and feed your “family”, you would be wise to check your local regulations. Some communities allow urban farming freely while others have some height restrictions and some, sadly, have an all-out ban on it.
Way to Grow Janice & Jamie!