We talk a lot about the nitty-gritty of gardening here at MOTHER, but one great thing about gardening that goes beyond soil building and crop rotations is its ability to bring people together. The year I grew a large garden in my front yard, I not only learned a lot about growing food, I got the chance to know more of my neighbors. Many times when I was out front weeding or watering, a neighbor would also be outside, and would stop by to say hello and see how the garden was coming along. I ended up having many wonderful front-yard chats and sharing a lot of extra food with my neighbors over the summer.
Growing food can bring people together in all kinds of ways, from community gardens, to sharing food with friends and neighbors, to simply cooking for people with the fresh, homegrown food you produced. Some gardeners get involved with community food banks, school gardens or the local farmers market.
As spring is now officially here, it’s a great time to revel in all the pleasures the season is sure to bring. Please share your thoughts and stories about how gardening has brought people together in your life in the comments section below. We can’t wait to hear them!
Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.