As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder. Radical amazement has a wider scope than any other act of man. While any act of perception or cognition has as its object a selected segment of reality, radical amazement refers to all of reality; not only to what we see, but also to the very act of seeing as well as to our own selves, to the selves that see and are amazed at their ability to see. ~ Heschel
When I started to grow my own food in 2002, I did so to grow local and organic food, to get my hands a little dirty with my kids, and for the thrill of harvesting from my garden. I had NO idea that growing our own food would lead to “radical amazement” or “WOW” in so many ways … affecting the way I work, the way I parent, the way I live … and affecting others too … family, friends, clients, neighbours, and rippling beyond. I knew I was on to something really special when I started to benefit in ways that were completely unrelated to my original goal of growing food for and with my family.
An edible garden returns the investment you put into it.
Not just with food but with …
+ Radical wonder and amazement
+ Peace and presence
+ Connection with creation
+ Appreciation of soil
+ Protecting our resources
+ A spiritual retreat from the noisy world
+ Nourishing others
+ Understanding fairness (by honouring farmers and their labour-intensive work when buying food)
+ Making better choices for all and everything
+ Repairing our world
Knowledge is power, but it also creates responsibility. I’m so grateful to have found knowledge, meaning, and roots in my front yard … and how this choice to grow food has ultimately lead me to this moment. No matter where you are in this world geographically, I am here to support you in growing your own food should you choose to do so! Paying forward a little of what Chris Wong has taught me, and a lot of functional tips and enthusiasm! No experience or land required … just desire!
By being involved with food from seed and soil to table, we can all find and feel a little of the radical wonder and amazement we need to help lead us to wherever we need (or want) to be.
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