June 13th, 2011

garden: the verb

In the morning before I go to work, I take a little stroll through my garden. It’s meditative and therapeutic, and it’s a great daily reminder of what my job as online editor is really about: the garden.

I can get overwhelmed with creating online articles and slideshows. I can easily get lost in writing newsletters and cropping images. I can be consumed by Facebook and the petty drama that swirls around on Twitter.

Some days it’s easy to lose sight of the larger picture. Today was one of those days.

But when I plugged my camera into my computer, I remembered my walk in the garden this morning.

Reddish-orange calendula blooming in the morning light.

calendula

The tomatoes in cages surrounded by a living mulch of clover.

tomato-clover

The garlic scapes curling and gliding like swans on the water.

garlic-scape

The bean runners racing up the teepee.

bean-runner

And I think, oh yeah, I am a gardener.

That’s what’s at the core of my job.
I garden and I learn.
I garden and I create.
I garden and I share.

Or perhaps this is more apt:

The garden teaches.
The garden shares.

Let me also say that I am a committed organic gardener. I do not use chemicals. I do not support poison farming. I fully believe that organic and sustainable practices in our agriculture and food production are the key to improving our health and our environment. Period. No free pass for corporations talking out of both sides of their mouth.

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Comments

    I both start and end my day in the garden and I am also fortunate that I am self employed and work out of my home so I get to look at my garden throughout the day. I am also an avid organic gardener, no chemicals, no pesticides, no gmo or hybrid seeds, only compost from my yard and kitchen and heirloom organic seeds. We are vegetarians so it is a quest to be able to grow most of the food we eat. We have is first hand and have seen the benefits to eating healthy, wholesome, organic foods.

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