Greenhorn Gardening 2009 Radish HarvestWhen starting Greenhorn Gardening, I had a vision to help people start their own vegetable gardens. It seemed appropriate to lay down several core values to let people know where I was coming from. Somehow in the daily grind, paper work, pencil pushing, business planning, product development, prototyping, marketing and sales, it's easy to loose sight of why one started all this. You get bogged down, and thngs stop being fun like they used to.

 

In that spirit now seems a good time to go through a series of blog posts designed to expound on each core value. I won't go in any particular order with these, so I'll start with number six. In many ways #6 is the first of the Greenhorn Gardening Core Values. It's the one you hear talked about the most on the podcast and that you see the most in the videos, free downloads and premium paid products.

 

Greenhorn Gardening Core Value VI | Grow Gardeners

 

It's vital to have a skill like growing your own food. Dad taught me fishing. If I needed food, I know that I could take feathers, Christmas tensil, worms and go catch fish for as many meals as needed for the rest of my life. I think people should learn something about growing some of their own foods.

  • I want to help people save money on their grocery bills.
  • I want to help people save money on gardening itself.
  • I want to help people save time by streamlining, automating and outsourcing gardening tasks.

It's fun. It teaches patience, reaping, sowing and life principles that cannot be learned in a classroom.

 

Some things can only be learned by revelation.

 

One of the disturbing things I've seen over the past 30 years or so is our society has become dependent on institutions, established systems and formal education. None of these things are bad, but what if they don't work as well as they used to? Is school enough? Is it enough to just have a degree? Is it enough to fill your head with vast sums of knowledge without the wisdom of how to take that knowledge and apply it for the purposes of producing food, income and/or revenue?

 

In other words my generation doesn't know how to work. (They called us Generation X.) I define work as producing food, income or revenue. Ultimately we all have to be productive citizens. So much so that we produce a surplus to use for emergencies, saving for the future, helping people who don't have, and passing on the skills and knowledge we've aquired to others that they might provide for themselves, store for emergencies, save for the future, help people who don't have, and pass on to future generations. The cycle keep going. It never stops.

 

The above sounds harsh, but we live in incredibly volatile times. A harsh look at the truth and a good serving of "humble pie" is for the good of us all. However,  sitting on a soap box and preaching all day accomplishes little in the long run. So Greenhorn Gardening sets about to help people learn how to grow some of thier own foods by teaching various methods of organic gardening to help you learn something about food production and to provide food for yourself, your family and to those to lack.

 

Also there's something strange about not knowing where your food comes from. What's in it? How was it made? Not everything should be speedy and convenient, and it's easy to run to the grocery store and grab something. I cave to that temptation a lot. However, there is always room for improvement. Today eating a Swiss chard and collard green salad.

 

To sum it up, Greenhorn Gardening Core Value VI is all about learning to produce. Work should produce food. Most of use live and work in a system that indirectly provides for our food. That's fine, but to get back to the basics of work, i.e., food production, is to get back to the basics of what it means to be human. There's a certain humility about working in the dirt. It causes you to think about life in a slower yet more productive way.

 

Grow'em big!

Damon

 

P.S., What does having your own vegetable garden mean to you?


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