I started working at The Resource Centers in April. When I interviewed, I fell in love with our garden program: teaching people to grow their own food as a sustainable approach to hunger. Ugh, brilliant.
I had one main goal for Garden to Table. On top of teaching people gardening, helping them feel comfortable in the soil, learning where food comes from...I wanted each and every one of these things to have a similar, underlying concept: Community.
Imagine clients of a food shelf gardening together, helping each other out during sickness, volunteering their time to help other people along, giving back while receiving help yourself.
Guess what, it's happening.
This summer, one gardener's sister died and people pitched in to weed and water while she was gone. One of our gardeners is a former organic farmer and is writing a new curriculum to better train incoming gardeners. A group of gardeners is organizing a recipe wall based on what comes into season when, and one gardener (a former chef) just left a message for me saying she would love to start giving cooking classes for clients of the food shelf so they can learn how to use new vegetables.
I. Am. Bursting.
With pride, with love, with hope for all things, with an absolute delight in the goodness of humanity.
I love this job.