A Garden Takes Root
The idea of having a school or community garden occurred to me a little over 10 years ago. I’d had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland at the Findhorn Foundation (http://www.findhorn.org/) and was assigned work in the community gardens. Aside from begrudgingly helping Dad mow the lawn and weed the garden as a teenager, I’d scare set foot in a garden. Little did I know the joy, fun, healing and solace I’d find digging in the dirt on those cold spring mornings in Scotland.
But one thing was for sure, I was hooked. Whilst at Findhorn, I earned my Permaculture Design Certificate and felt I’d found a system of looking at the world that affirmed how I’d thought all along. It just happened to have a name: permaculture.
As I settled back into life in my early 20s, permaculture and working on a farm became something to dream of, not actually do. The summer after my undergraduate years I did work on a farm and loved it. Up with the sun, the ache in my muscles, the unparalleled taste of fresher than fresh produce, seeing what a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was all about. As I skittered across various jobs and aspirations in my 20s I never quite lost that love for the farm.
I devoured books about agriculture and began to see that food, yes, food is certainly political. Nearing the end of my 20s I at least had the beginnings of a career (I am a teacher) and money enough to support CSA’s. For over a year, I ended up driving to that very first farm I worked on to partake in the CSA.
Fast forward about three years. I’m in Costa Rica. Sometimes I wonder how the heck I got here…but it was this love and passion for food and education that brought me here.
The goal: reinvent my teaching practice and build a community/school garden.
Experience in this endeavor: zilch.
Can-do and determination: over the top.
Join me as I attempt to document the process. The bounty is just beginning.