CONTRIBUTE TO WATER
& CARBON CYCLING
EAT MORE NUTRIENT
FEEL THE HEALING
PROPERTIES OF NATURE
TO THE EARTH
Growing your own food is the win-win-win effect in full force! Imagine it as an upward spiral for overall human health and earth care.
The nutritional value of food grown by you and for you (and your loved ones!) is unlike any other. The intentionality that you put into planting seeds and caring for plants with love is reciprocated by the plants. They can feel your energy, whether positive or negative, so it’s important to have a positive relationship with your plants, because they will be growing to nourish you.
In one of my favorite books, “Tending the Wild,” author Kat Anderson explains how Native Peoples view plants and soil minerals as their ancestors, furthering the point of this intrinsic and reciprocal relationship between humans and the plant kingdom. When we are in the garden, it’s like our ancestors are talking to us, providing ancient wisdom on how to respectfully tend the land. Take this time as an opportunity to slow down, observe, listen, ground down, and connect. Don’t be shy to your plants – I often talk to the plants in my garden with loving words and care for them as my relatives.
Gardens bring us closer to nature, but they also can bring us closer to ourselves and our community. Planting seeds with people, growing food with people, caring for plants with people, harvesting with people, and then cooking and eating food with those people, all while having meaningful conversations and positive intentions during these processes, creates the optimal conditions for your body to digest the nutrients in food.
As Zach Bush, MD states…
When we are intimately connected and directly linked to our local food source, it creates a healthy body full of energy with a strong immune system able to fight sickness, allergies, and/or dis-ease. I’m all about preventative care versus reactive. Our skin is a large organ that takes in nutrients, both good and bad. Healthy soil on your skin supports a strong immune system, while also being therapeutic, healing, calming, and GROUNDING 🙂
Creating the right conditions for your garden to thrive is just like taking care of your body, so that it can thrive too. In other words, when the garden wins, so does your body.
In addition to nutrition, exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) help create a strong, resilient body. Getting outside to walk around the garden, lift tools, and squat down and dig is all exercise. People always say gardening and farming is a lot of work. If you think of it as exercise and an improvement for your body, then the mindset shifts. Some people pay lots of money for gym memberships to work out and do hard work. Not only does farming satisfy similar exercise techniques as a gym, but you don’t have to pay monthly dues…and you get tomatoes 🙂
People often complain that gardening is too much work, money, or time. In permaculture, there is a saying, “work smarter, not harder.” When we apply this to farming, there are so many ways we can support the intuitive and natural cycles of nature, and you’ll see how nature saves you the hard work if you set it up right! Understand that starting a garden is just that, the start. The fun part is checking in on the plants, watching them grow, harvesting, and of course enjoying the food.
This Earth Day, I invite you to join me, Farmer Greg, for a 3 week immersive course on starting your own spring garden!
Earth Day is an opportunity for us to pay our respects for all the gifts and bounty the earth provides us on a daily basis. It’s also a time to celebrate this beautiful planet we inhabit, and hopefully make a vow to be an agent of change for a healthier future.
This Earth Day, you are invited to make a radical change in your life (and the Earth) by growing your own food! This can seem daunting, but rest assured this course is there to catch you and hold your hand as you embark on the exciting journey of growing an Earth Day Garden! With an unpredictable and unreliable broken food system, there’s no better time than now to dig your hands deep in dirt, grab some seeds, and learn the tools towards food sovereignty.
How to start
What you’ll need (and not need)
Tips and techniques
for every step in the process
How to garden
on a budget
How to create a
How to be proactive
with minimal effort
Feel the healing
properties of nature
to the Earth