How I Choose to Help
What can I do to help lessen my impact on our Earth's resources?
This question is always in in the back of my mind-almost nagging. Often, what I do does not feel like I am making an impact on our situation. It is satisfying when I take our recycled cans, bottles and paper and place them into a large dumpster and I know it is very important. Thankfully, many of us reduce, re-use, re-purpose and recycle.
This just doesn’t feel very satisfying even though I know I am doing the right thing. I don’t really know what the final outcome of my action is. It isn’t enough for me.
My Recycle Bin: Paper, Plastic and Glass
I gladly contribute what I can to good organizations that ask for donations. But I want to do more than that.
They perform the helping for me. I receive letters and reports telling me how my dollars have helped. But I want to do something. I want to see, feel and know I am helping on a daily basis.
I decided my contribution is to grow some of my own food.
By growing just one tomato plant or some lettuce, my small voice will join the choir singing the refrain-we need to change our ways.
Growing my own food allows me to know I am helping because:
- I can reduce and reclaim profit that would support established food production
- I can follow my natural instinct to honor and respect my food and how it is grown
- My growing methods are harmonized and balanced
- I can participate in the miracle that occurs from planting seeds to eating at my table
- My food is healthier and so am I
To sum it up: Growing my own food just feels right.
How can you help?
- Join a community garden http://www.communitygarden.org/
- Start you own garden
- Grow one tomato plant in a pot on your deck, porch or balcony
- Volunteer at a food co-op, farmers market or with local food producers www.rumblewayfarm.com/ www.calvertfarm.com/ http://www.localharvest.org/
- Learn more about how your purchased food is produced
- Connect with other small gardeners
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