I’ve been talking to a few folks lately about something that’s been on my mind. I wrote last week about Thank Goddess Farm and why I wanted to start it but I left something out.
You see, as I said in that post, both sets of my grandparents had farms and big, big gardens. It has only been in one generation, that of my parents, that the skills to grow, preserve, and prepare our own food disappeared.
I don’t know if they left the farm life thinking, “I’ll never pull weeds again!” Or if they just got caught up in the frenzy of convenience.
TV dinners, drive-thru food, super markets, corporate farming and TV commercials that drove people who were used to growing their own food to give in to the temptation for a quick, tasty meal.
I was talking with a young friend about this lately as she was helping me transplant some fruit bushes. She mentioned that there is a book out that talks about this very same thing (though she couldn’t remember the title or author).
Luckily, there are people like me who remember the old ways. And young people like her who have re-learned them. Between the two of us we are more than happy to share our knowledge and help others learn to grow, preserve, and prepare food they grew in their own back yard. Or on their balcony. Or a community garden.