Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Draw of the Earth

It’s funny how life can come full circle. I was raised on a farm and as a child and teen one of my many responsibilities was to tend the family vegetable garden. Other responsibilities included caring for our family’s swine herd, caring for our small apple orchard, and helping with the planting and harvesting of crops.

It was hard work and the days were long with little time for play. Of course it was difficult for me, as a child, to find joy in these activities when I would see the other children from my hometown idling away the summer days and enjoying the long break from school. I didn’t want to work, I wanted to play. So while I toiled away on those long summer days I plotted my escape. There was no way I was going to spend my adult years breaking my back to eek out a meager living and having little time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. And so in 1978, one week after high school graduation, I made my escape.

What I didn’t know at that moment was that the draw of the land is strong, in fact it is inescapable. Once you have dug in it, tilled it, and raised crops in it, it becomes part of who you are and will always draw you back. I eventually came to realize that what I thought was a curse during my youth was one of the greatest blessings I could ever receive. You see, I had great mentor living right next door. My grandmother was a master gardener, one of the best, and I had the privilege of being taught by her! My grandmother was once featured in an article in the local paper for the tomatoes she grew….in January…in Minnesota. Yep, that’s right; Grandma was an urban gardener even before it became a movement.

Well to make a long story short, by the time I reached my mid-twenties, all I could think about was getting back to the farm, and to the land I love. What I didn’t realize is that while I spent the next 30 years working in manufacturing, I was acquiring the skills necessary for what I am doing today which is developing products for the urban gardening movement that is growing as we speak. Never have the words “God has a plan” rang so true as they do today, and never have I been so happy, as to share what I know with you. You see, the land has hold of me, and I embrace it back.

It is my hope that through this blog and many other avenues, I can help other’s to learn what was so freely given to me. Until the next time, may God’s blessing be poured upon you. –Scott-

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