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