Have you noticed how most articles about eating locally never breathe a word about gardening? How, even most locavore advocates don’t mention it? The idea of the kitchen garden has been practically erased from our culture, and I think it’s total shame.
Michael Pollan, a hero in my house thanks to his first book Second Nature, a gardening classic, is the great exception.
Interviewed this week by Tara Parker-Pope in her New York Times health blog Well, she asks him what is apparently an off-beat question:
After reading your book, I want to plant and grow something. Do you get this a lot?
My first book was about gardening, and I like gardening. It’s a really important part of the solution. In so many places, including urban areas, there is a yard, there is a lawn, a little patch of land where you could grow food. My garden is only 10 by 20 feet. It’s a postage stamp. I grew so much food there last summer. What food is more local than the food you grow yourself, not to mention the fact that you get all this exercise while you’re gardening.