The perspective has also been shaped by my own gardening experiences. As I was out in my soil this weekend planting, raking, on my knees I thought, we all need some brief encounter with growing our own food. If anything only to realize the labor and challenge behind such a task, but also to heighten appreciation for what it really does take to nourish ourselves in a healthy way.
I recently spoke to the director of a school who will be applying for our Affordable Share Program. As she described her low-income, “food desert” students, she told me about a girl who said her favorite food her mother made for her was a cheeto sandwich: two slices of bread, mayonnaise, and cheetos in between. Anecdotes such as this motivate me to build on and expand the local-organic food network all the more, while also reinforcing that gratefulness for being able to eat in a good way, in part due to the hearty spring CSA boxes in these first weeks.