When I was a little girl in Tennessee, I worked in the garden with my Dad. This continued through high school. It was a ritual, a chance to visit with him, work side by side, and be part of a cool grow your own food project.
We had a lot of great conversations out there, as well as a lot of quiet time together. While there were things I dreaded about working in the hot sun and bending over to plant seeds and later picking the string beans and other vegetables; it was a chance to be with my Dad. He was so proud of producing his own food for us. I now realize how cool it was that we ate our own squash in squash casserole, and fed our own delicious corn and tomatoes to guests.
Now my partner and I enjoy gardening together. It still delights me to go harvest organic, fresh garden greens. There is nothing like eating fresh kale and bokchoy picked 5 minutes ago and then sautéed with garlic and onions. We also harvest various salad fixings such as arugula, cherry tomatoes, and Swiss chard. It feels great to save money since we don’t have to buy these food items anymore! Plus we know exactly where our food is coming from and what has been used to grow it.
We started Maui Garden Providers to help moms and dads start growing their own food to put on the table. This will help save them money, create a more sustainable and healthy way of living, and help plant seeds towards many hours of great family bonding. Here on Maui, we have the privilege of being able to grow food all year round! It is our goal to help you benefit from this. We can install raised garden beds, portable gardens, or till a garden and plant your yard with food instead of grass, creating edible landscapes! Anywhere there is sunlight is a place you can grow food. We can help set you up and guide you so you can easily be on your way to eating fresh, organic food that you have grown yourself, improving your health and pocketbook!
We are facing an epidemic of childhood illnesses due to poor diet. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart problems. Kids are plagued with old-age ailments because they are eating food without nutritional value. These problems can be prevented if kids could eat fresh food from even just a small garden. It is also empowering for them to nurture the plants themselves and eat what they have grown. Suddenly they have a totally different relationship with food.
Here is our simple kale salad recipe you can enjoy:
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