From Mother Earth News, this article talks about giving to others herbs and produce that you have grown. I know that when people come to my house and see my herb garden, eat what I have grown, or take home eggs from our chickens, it makes an impression. There is power in growing your own food, and pleasure in sharing it. What more could you ask for? Grow it and Give it!!
Sharing: Your Garden's Other Health Benefit
I was going to write about the obesity epidemic, and the news reports that show
it’s worsening across the nation, yet ... what on earth is there left to say
about that? Plant a Victory Garden and eat fresh, organic whole food? Explore
your walkshed every day? Enough. How many times can I beat that dead horse?
So, there I was once again, with a fistful of herbs, heading to a neighbor’s
house when it hit me: Something to share. Surely it's one of the most
important health benefits of keeping a garden.
Ever since I have had my garden, I have had something to share. I no longer
show up empty handed. No one ever leaves my house without something, and I am
never stuck needing to run to the store in rush hour rain when I want to thank
someone who has done me a kindness, or want to give a little pick-me-up to
someone in pain. I save jars to fill with flowers and herbs, and leave them on
doorsteps like old-time milk deliveries.
The folks to whom I give these things appreciate them, but I know that
I’m the one who really gets the gift.
Forget the diet benefits of gardening. There are health benefits –
connections to other people – that should not be overlooked. When push comes to
shove, isn’t this all we really want? A way to share?