One of the scariest things about this pandemic is discovering how fragile and unprepared our medical system is. And we are also finding out how fragile and broken our food system is. Climate change has already caused floods, droughts, and other natural disasters causing major crop failures.
Now, with COVID-19, we may be facing very real food shortages in this next year. Many of us have seen the empty grocery store shelves and realized that the food does not spontaneously reproduce.
We cannot depend on the system to save us when we get sick or feed us when we are hungry. It’s time to take responsibility for ourselves. We are learning so many things about how to keep ourselves healthy. We can also learn to grow food for ourselves.
But getting into the garden is really about more than just growing food. In this time, we need the grounding, the beauty, the connection, and the empowerment every bit as much as the food.
We have been given the opportunity to completely reimagine how we live on this earth. and one of the most powerful shifts we can make is from consumers to producers of our food. If we all grow just a portion of our food, there will be enough for everyone. It will take pressure off of the strained food supply. The earth will be able to breathe again.