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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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The Latest Movement in Health!

The Latest Movement in Health!

Seed catalogs are showing up in mailboxes, garden sketches are resurfacing, and plowing tools, well, they are anxiously waiting. But the mind of the gardener is racing ahead, excited about plowing, planting and picking.

It’s good to see this mindset returning to our culture, in both city mouse and country mouse. Fresh local food, the garden’s baton, has been missing from many diets for nearly 60 years, when the TV dinner first moved the family out of the dining room and around the TV.

And while the conveniences have been nice, a meal in minutes, the health benefits have been stacking against us for what is approaching three generations. People know this, even the youngest generation, who is learning about gardening from the written word rather than a parent.

Congrats to them, I say, because you are part of a growing trend to take back our health, our food, and our earth. And since trends start with one person, who talks to another, and then another, this health trend is picking up speed and getting real traction, the traction of a movement. Thanks to this “movement to health,” great things are happening.

This desire for good health has opened doors to world wide heirloom seeds (as only the Internet can offer), new forms of water conservation, such as clay pot irrigation, and the sharing of such a mass of gardening information that the least of us can now grow a complete meal in a container. The urban gardener can have chickens for fresh eggs and a raised bed for anything with roots. Even the task of watering has been simplified with ollas, rain barrels, and drip systems. What a wonderful culture we have that can adapt so adeptly to social changes!

So, whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse, keep those minds racing, open those seed catalogs and get ready to give your lawn a makeover. Grow lettuce in that shady spot by the house, put sunflowers by the bird feeder, drop an olla in that dry spot, and be the first one in the neighborhood to grow zucchini in the front yard. You’ll be glad you did, and your fresh local food will be the baton for the next generation.

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