Ok, so it's been over a week since my Master Urban Gardener course ended in Boston. I already miss learning about soil health and the importance of growing diverse species of vegetables in my own garden, as well as all my wonderful classmates that I learned so much from.
When I talked to my friends about the course that I was taking, they all looked at me a bit stunned and some even laughed. I'm sure the question in the back of their mind was, "What was a Cape Verdean brother from the southside of Brockton doing taking a gardening class"? Well, seeing the question in their eyes I quickly jumped into explaining the importance of growing your own food and how the food that you eat affects your body and mind. I tell them that, as I learned from others, "Food is the problem and the solution" [for better health] and that as I am soon approaching 40, have become much more conscientious about what I am putting in my body.
I see growing your own food not only me taking care of my own body but also as a way to help others, to help our whole community. So, this past Sunday afternoon, having seen off all of my Thanksgiving guests, I sit back to question all of the food choices I made at the dinner table and begin to feel a bit guilty. It got me thinking of what ways I could have incorporated what I had learned into what was offered at my table. I tell my wife that next year, I am going to make it a goal to incorporate more of what I grow and what grows wild into our dishes and have a conversation with our guests about what went into the dish and why that is so important.
As I think about what others in my community have eaten or will have to eat, I am reminded of Ron Finely's presentation at a TED talk not too long ago and am energized to continue the work of making sure everyone has good, fresh food at the table. Here is the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w&feature=youtu.be
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We are so excited to reveal the newest Urban Garden map in Brockton! Check out our updated site information. The map now includes a key which indicates which gardens grow flowers, vegetables, can take volunteers and activity level.
On the back of the trifold Map, find information about fresh produce in Brockton and where to find it!