After the massacre at the Art Garage garden, I started to get nervous about our raised boxes at the Community House since the head of Community Development, Joe Dulin, said on air that garden boxes had to be maintained. But what exactly does that mean?
You have to understand what is going on to be able to realize why the boxes look like they do. At the moment, the purpose of our garden is no so much about providing food, but rather a chance for the youth to observe the cycles in nature. Instead of focusing on making sure to plant perfectly spaced plants, the kids were allowed to do it themselves and then observe the results.
We had a lot of clumps of radishes. The kids picked almost all of them, but we intentionally left a few in order to be able to collect seed. Looking at the garden box, it looks neglected by some, but to me it is the chance to teach. These are not neglected weeds, these are the source of our next harvest. This is the way to understand the cycles of nature. This is the way our next generation learns how to take care of themselves.
So Joe, try to understand, what you see as weeds, I see as God's demonstration of abundance of life.