Garden Chick - Notes from the Garden

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I have been reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a story of how a family, after moving to Virginia, deliberately ate food either produced on their own land, or bought locally. After starting the book, I purposefully went through my cupboards to see where a number of my items came from: honey (not local, not even from the U.S.!). There are a number of local honey producers at our local farmers market, and I could have easily purchased it there. Eggs were from Alabama (I am in Georgia). I know the local CSA which I travel by at least 3 times a week carries fresh free range eggs and they taste much better. Bread, again from a couple of states away, and there are at least 3 local bread bakers nearby. Eating locally is not difficult, it just takes a little planning and education. Eating more responsibly, buying locally, and paying more attention how fresh our food is, and where it comes from, is something everyone can do. Before buying that next item on your grocery list, see where it comes from, and try to find it locally.
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One last garden

I have been away from the blog and away from my business for a number of months. My father was diagnosed with cancer in November, and after chemotherapy did quite well. In fact, we broke ground on a new garden in his backyard in April, and he was able to plant tomatoes, okra, and green beans. He said it was his best garden in years. His cancer resurfaced in July, and had metastisized to his brain. This proved to be too much, and after 12 radiation treatments my father died on August 16th. I am thankful God gave him one last garden. I look forward to a renewal of my blog, my business, and plans for future gardens. It is what my Dad would have wanted.

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