In addition to Food Culture becoming a hot topic in today's media, there is a growing interest in gardening, raising your own food. For the one who is contemplating the possibilities of urban or "backyard" gardening, or any other type of food production, now is a great time to "plant a seed". Seriously, as fall approaches, it's a good idea as a novice gardener to pick up some good publications as to what gardening is all about. With the winter cycle just a few months away, reading up on how to prepare the soil for next spring and making a plan as to what types of food you would like to produce is a good idea. One of my favorite late winter activities is the excitement of when seed catalogs begin to arrive in the mail. All their bright colors and promise of Spring's bounty, give me a burst of excitement that gets me through the coldest part of the year.
Gardening to produce your own food not only has the rewards of your own fresh, delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs, you begin to appreciate the goodness of the earth in ways you might not have done so before. It's also a great time to make memories and teach your family what food is about and that they can have a part in providing for the table.
I've found a great article that is a sort of primer for the beginning garden that has plenty of tips to include even the youngest members of the family in a wonderful gardening experience.
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.