Growing up on a farm, fresh produce is second nature to me.
And even when I left the farm, I’ve almost always had a garden.
There’s something very satisfying about eating what you’ve grown.
Setting aside the fact that you know exactly how “clean” it is, the very process of digging and planting and waiting and then… surprise – fresh food… it’s therapeutic.
But I didn’t give it all that much thought until I read about a program that the Wounded Warrior Project heads up.
They invite veterans and their families to learn about gardening, and give them all the tips and tricks they need to set up their own small space gardens.
What soil to use, how much water, and what to plant and where. It’s all good knowledge.
But it also allows for a much-needed distraction, and the very real physical and mental benefits of working in your own garden. Plus, it’s a way of connecting with other vets along the way, which always helps. Especially when you’re trying to make your way back into a “new normal.”
The root of what we’re about here at Patriot Health Alliance is supporting self-reliance, healthy living, and finding ways to give back to those who sacrifice so much. So when I hear about a program that does all that at the same time, it makes my day.
I’ve gotten away from my own gardening since the move to Texas. Maybe it’s because I’m busy. Maybe it’s because with all the hipster Austin folks, farmer’s markets are pretty easy to find.
But there’s no substitute for a plate of veggies that have come from your own labor. Even if it’s just an herb garden, it’s worth the effort.
Especially if it gives you a chance to put your troubles behind you, if only for a bit.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance