My reaction to the sunny day that has presented itself today can be summarized by the simple, yet profound, slogan of the Oregon Country Fair:

“Yes, yes, yes!”

Finally, spring is upon us! Yes to the longer sun kissed afternoons, yes to the budding tear drop-shaped magnolias, and yes to the sudden wafts of floral aromas that come and go all too quickly as we pass by on our hurried way.

It took only a few walks around my historic Brooklyn Neighborhood, noticing these sudden changes in my surroundings, to rush home the other evening and begin to toil the soil in great anticipation of beginning my first garden. What is that infamous Gandhi quote? “To forget how to dig the Earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” One must not forget oneself, so let’s get diggin!

According to the article written by Wendell Berry entitled “The Pleasures of Eating” that is featured in NWEI’s Menu for the Future course book, the first of seven steps that one can take in order to fully understand and enact responsible eating is as follows:

1. Participate in food production to the extent that you can. If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a sunny window, grow something to eat in it. Make a little compost of your kitchen scraps and use it for fertilizer. Only by growing some food for yourself can you become acquainted with the beautiful energy cycle that revolves from soil to seed to flower to fruit to food to offal to decay, and around again. You will be fully responsible for any food that you grow for yourself, and you will know all about it. You will appreciate it fully, having known it all its life.

So rip up that lawn or get a plot in a community garden so you can reap the rewards of a free summer lunch, and be sure let us know more about your spring garden plans by leaving us some comments below.

What steps are you taking right now to prepare your garden for a summer flourishing? If it so happens that due to unfortunate circumstances you are not planning to harvest deliciously organic veggies this summer, then let us know what signs of spring you’ve noticed lately!

Are the bustling farmers markets and the farmers tans of neighboring gardeners making you interested in exploring the connection between food and sustainability?

Be sure to check out our Menu for the Future discussion course.