Saturday, June 13, 2015

Recovering Lost Connections

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” — Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949.

Maybe we can't all own a farm, but that doesn't mean we have to lose our sense of connection to the land. I would say
losing our connection to the land is to lose something of ourselves.

Like most people, almost all of our food comes from a grocery store. We do keep a small vegetable garden, however—and it does make a difference at our table. Last year we harvested 60 quarts of green beans, and there's nothing like the taste of homegrown tomatoes. Working the soil, planting seed, praying for rain, and picking a harvest connect us to our past and to the land. Raising our own food, even if it's just a small amount, seems to touch something deep within. Our family garden satisfies a hunger that can't be filled from any grocery store. Such things can't be bought with money.


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