My 3-year-old grandson E is all set for his latest adventure on Tuesdays With Nana. I love his shirt! No surprise, it’s my favourite. He’s got sunscreen, sunglasses and his little work gloves on. Today we are going to do a little Urban Gardening.
Seeing these pictures of bedding plants, you must think this blogpost misnamed. Clearly, those are not seeds that we are planting. I deliberately choose Planting Seeds as the title for this piece. It is a metaphor for planting ideas.
Do you ever wonder what this newest generation will know about food production? What will they know of our roots? As a society, don’t you think we are quite literally losing touch with our roots? What will my grandson’s generation know about farms and farming? Will they have the desire, or opportunity to experience the pleasure of working the earth? To reap the harvest of hard work, to enjoy the fruits of their labour?
Questions that lead to further questions about what food (and flowers) will look like in the future. How fake will it be? Will our children and grandchildren be eating watered down plasticized replicas of real food? Do you wonder how healthy that might be for them? Will their idea of Traditional Foods be things that come out of a tin can, or a box, or a bag? Something that’s been manufactured by corporations, instead of something fresh from the earth, prepared in their own kitchens?
I received a copy of Michael Pollan’s book Cooked for Mother’s Day (thanks kids!). Haven’t read it yet but I’ve read reviews and I’ve seen some of the write ups on Michael’s website. I’m very excited to read this new book.
Why am I excited? I think it’s mostly because all of Michael Pollan’s books just make so much sense to me. In this book, he explores the various ways we transform the stuff of nature into delicious and nutritious things to eat. Michael says…
I learned a great many things in the process of trying to master the arts of transformation, but the surprise was that cooking may be the most important link of all. Because who is doing the cooking –human beings or corporations?—makes all the difference, to our health and to the health of our agriculture.
There it is…the link that “makes all the difference, to our health and to the health of our agriculture.”
When this little guy is a man, I want him to walk barefoot, outdoors. I want him to breathe fresh air, smell the flowers and to feel the grass between his toes. I want my little Urban Farmer to know how very important the health of our agriculture is to his health. It will give him fresh food (and flowers). I want him to know the joy of growing and harvesting. There is no way to harvest tomatoes unless you plant tomatoes.
Beyond wanting E to understand how beautiful, natural and beneficial it is to grow things from the earth, I want him and his generation to know the health benefits of eating real natural foods transformed from the earth by human beings. Not so much the stuff that corporations market as food. You know, the stuff that is full of preservatives and additives. The highly processed stuff that comes from cans, bags and boxes.
It’s a lot to think about, isn’t it? Well, here at Nana’s, the new flowers are in. A job well done by our little Urban Farmer. No tomatoes planted today, those will have to wait, it’s time to get this 3-year old down for a nap.
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