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.
The tomatoes in cages surrounded by a living mulch of clover.
The garlic scapes curling and gliding like swans on the water.
The bean runners racing up the teepee.
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.