Gardening: An Act of Defiance


shaded garden“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do.”

I have to agree, digging in the dirt is awesome. Ever since I was a kid, I loved playing in my backyard and splashing around in creeks looking for frogs and crayfish. Being outside made me happy, and continues to make me happy in my twenties. I was not surprised to find gardening at Raven Crest Botanicals therapeutic, but was a little surprised to find that I now agree with the defiance of gardening.

I began my act of rebellion when I became involved with WWOOF. Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming (WWOOF) is a program connects people who would like to learn more about the organic movement, permaculture and sustainable agriculture, with farmers who want to share their knowledge. No money is exchanged between host farms and “WWOOFers,” just room and board for the volunteers.

After a few weeks of e-mailing host farms, I found an herbalist in Upstate New York who didn’t mind having a blogger stay with her for a long weekend to learn more about organic foods. I took a few days off work, said good-bye to the ocean and made my way up toward the Catskills.

Day 1: Wednesday

I arrived at Raven Crest Botanicals safe and sound after driving on some COUNTRY roads in torrential rain just in time to see a rainbow across the trees of the farm. My host farmer, Susanna, was extremely kind and hugged me right away. Another WWOOFer, named Thomas, was also staying with Susanna. His knowledge of herbs and permaculture was impressive, having only been on the farm a month.

After an amazing dinner of fresh vegetables, salad and fish, I listened to Susanna play the didgeridoo, learned what the hell a didgeridoo was, and acquainted myself with Tibetan singing bowls. I felt a planet away from the Jersey Shore, which was alright with me.

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Growing our own food and or buying from trusted folks who know the dangers of industrial food is the heart of the modern revolution.  Industrial food is a profit three fer.  0ne fer, they get to profit from selling us their manufactured poisons.  Two fer, their poisons only sicken us and make us dumb enough so that we can still continue to go to work to pay for the interst on our loans, health insurance and added health care costs.  Three fer, they get to use more fossil fuel transporting industrial food over long distances. Is it any wonder that there is such a push to privatize our education system to keep the population ignorant?    

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