I’ve said it before that we are humans, therefore we grow food. If you look back at societies, civilizations and communities, you will see that the common factor was growing food.
Over the past 100 or so years, that skill has been lost to chemical agriculture and the ability to transport food long distances. There is so much that goes into food that we don’t get to partake in anymore. We just see it as congregating around a table and eating it. Some of the time it’s not even that, it’s something that’s done en route from one task to another.
Everything about food can bring families, couples, partners, neighbors, whoever it may be together. There is camaraderie and a relationship that is built when going through the process.
Each of the steps in the process are chances to forge deeper relationships with each other and with the food. From the decision of what to grow to planting and tending to, then there is harvesting, preparing and sharing.
You know damned well that if you were to grow some parsley and put it in a dish, you are certainly going to stick your chest out and tell everyone you grew that parsley. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with growing your own food.
It’s not just about the eating part, which is mad fun, but it goes much deeper than that. You’ll start to get a better appreciation of food that you buy because you know what goes into it. You certainly are less likely to waste food when you grow your own.
This is why I think we should all start to grow some of our own food or source it locally. It helps to bring us together.
What stories do you have to share about growing food and bringing people together?