When I think of spring I think of rebirth and fresh foods. I look forward to the availability of fresh food from local farmers and feel blessed to have access to these foods. But I realize that not everyone has the access that I share and sometimes take for granted. The USDA Economic Resource Service defines levels of food security and food insecurity for a household. “Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum: The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.”
I was really intrigued with the definition of food insecurity WITHOUT hunger “Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake”
Well that to me describes the diet of most of us. Low quality junk food is all around and at cheap price and ready NOW. But true food quality requires time and effort that many of us think we do not have. Well my goal is to have high food security with adequate high quality food this year by supplementing my shopping at local roadside farmer stands with my own small container garden. I miss going to my tiny garden and collecting fresh strawberries or turnip greens (my favorite vegetable next to potatoes) and sharing the joy of growing our food with my kids. I feel good when I make the flavor of my food taste super yummy with fresh herbs instead of MSG or too much sodium
Check out these resources to revive the art of gardening with these resources for FREE seeds. Encourage others at your workplace, church or other community group to revive food security with quality fruits, vegetables and herbs this year. If I with my “black thumb” can grow it, anyone can. Don’t for get to share this information with others!
1. 2 free packets of seeds (either 2 vegetable or 1 vegetable and 1 flower packet) to seniors over 50 years old
2. If you are not over 50, please consider purchasing heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are a great way to protect the diversity of our food supply. If you ( like me) have a “black thumb” instead of a “green thumb” and need some planting tips and tips on how to plant to save your seeds for the future, check out www.seedsavers.org and visit the resources section.
3. Free heirloom seed exchange.
4. Grant to receive free seeds for your group at Operation Green Plant. Get 100 seeds with only a $14.95 shipping fee and a way to advertise the good community works you can do with reviving the art of gardening. See application online to receive free seeds
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"Many times when we are sick,we pray to God for healing.
Sometimes, the miracle of healing is the miracle of our obedience." - Renee Lea-Currie, Ph.D., www.thetakebacktour.com
In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. -Author Unknown