Monday, 22 December 2014

Changing Our Perspectives On Small-Scale Farming

I've recently spent a couple months living and working on an organic farm, and it has been one of the best educational experiences of my life.  A different kind of education.  From seeds to vegetables, community living to spiritual healing, I have learnt to appreciate a lifestyle I am not use to.

However, the most important lesson I've learnt had nothing to do with farming but with opening up and being vulnerable.  Every week we sat together and talked about the issues we were facing.  I have many, but since this blog is not my therapist I will only address one.  It goes a little something like this.

"You agreed to work on a farm? Why?  Are you getting paid? Isn't that like slave labour?"  
My first problem was dealing with this misconception behind organic, small-scale farming. Not an easy task, especially since I have a low tolerance for close-minded people.  But I learned, from my fellow farmers, that I can't let these questions get to me.  People seriously don't know any better.  So here is what we should know.

Being a farmer is not demeaning.  Is it hard work?  Absolutely, but it is not a job that you can overlook.  In fact, it's not really a job at all but a lifestyle.  Small-scale farming is a lost art, a way of life that is making a comeback as well as a huge impact on society.  I recently read an article saying young farmers are the new superheroes, and frankly I agree.  They are taking the ultimate necessity (food) and making it more sustainable, even healthier.  Well if that isn't a noble cause then what is?

I have spent the last few months with some of best people I have ever met.  They are smart, caring, funny, and best of all happy.  And since happiness is the ultimate success, I have no doubt that these farmers have what it takes to succeed. 

So please, try to learn more about the farms nearby.  Try to learn about the farmers who work these lands.  It's worth it.  I am so glad I had the opportunity of working on an organic farm, I've learned so much about myself.  I strongly encourage everyone to try it.  Who knows, it might just change your life.

Happy holidays everyone!  Stay tuned for my next blog on my indoor sprout growing attempts.

Friday, 12 December 2014

New Blog on the Block

Hello Everyone, my name is Naddy!

I am here to share with you all my experiments and projects related to
my new found passion; edible gardening in the city.  There is no better time
to start a blog about gardening then in the winter!

Starting a blog is something I've been looking into for awhile now, and
I believe I have found the perfect topic.  Urban farming has been increasing
in popularity these last couple years, and I think it is high time everyone
else climbed aboard.  After all, food is essential to life.  

As someone who is tired of the disconnect between people and the food they
consume, I truly believe edible gardens in the city are a must.  If you
 are tired as well, then join me in my crusade to grow vegetables in the city.
What is more local then your own backyard?

Follow along as I clumsily work my way through my growing list of
projects.  My winter tasks will include making my own garden beds, indoor
sprout growing, vermicomposting and much more.  I will also be documenting
all successes and failures, and this blog will become a learning experience
for everyone.

I have been inspired by so many different people when it comes to food
security and urban gardening.  Let me inspire you.  Please feel free to share
any stories/questions/concerns with me.

Thank you and remember to make healthy choices!

Running into our next adventure