The Pizza Bed
Regenerating Children’s Health By Growing Your Own Food And Regenerating A Culture Connected to The Soil
Our kids are fat.
I know that’s a shocking way to say it, and with a little license to be politically incorrect – it’s probably accurate. Sadly.
And as for adults, the majority isn’t any better off.
But it gets worse, not only are we unhealthy, too sedentary, and dependent on nutritionally devoid convenience food…
…we have failed to pass on the most simple and basic knowledge to the younger generations.
How to grow our own food.
Most kids today wouldn’t recognize food in a garden.
I remember the party that would ensue at my Grandparent’s house during the harvest months when I was a kid.
Uncle Jimmy, not my real uncle, he was my Grandfather’s best friend.
Uncle Jimmy had the best green beans and peppers in town. And everybody knew it. It was a treat to see him shuffling up to the house with a sack over his shoulder and a wide-eyed grin.
As kids, we were lucky when he would let us into his world. When he would let us into his garden and watch him work, or help him water.
It was his sacred space that was usually off limits. But if we nagged him enough, and sold him on the proposition of how much help we would be, he would sometimes, “let us in.”
After critiquing our technique and lack of species recognition, he would start talking.
And then he wouldn’t shut up.
All gold though.
Since we are talking about our children’s health, and health in general, let’s be clear…
…these folks weren’t the epitome of “healthy” by any means.
Most of the characters in this childhood memory sported cheeks stained with chewing tobacco, chain-smoked cigarettes, and had sugar laced coffee before bed and whiskey before breakfast.
Thank goodness they were eating garden produce!
It’s not like that anymore for the majority of kids – the garden produce part. It’s a sad state of affairs for our children these days.
In some ways, we have it much better today than a few generations ago; however, not all is cherries – or fruits and vegetables.