Nature in a community garden
The Corridor Park Garden is a community garden across from my school which is prominently composed of Korean senior citizens. Despite the title "community garden" its painfully obvious that the garden is used by by Koreans in Flushing. However, anyone can join. I'd imagine they wouldn't be able to deny someone access to a "community" garden. Some people in the garden however do wish to have different people joining the garden. That was a little briefing about the people, and the garden's contents cannot be forgotten or overlooked. The garden is filled with vegetables and plants.
Recently we've be been studying nature writing. We had to write about one of the plots, a rectangle box of plants and dirt. The purpose of nature writing is to just write about what every nature tells you. I tried to write about a tree that was very interesting to me, and make that area where the tree was my plot.
I did some research on how nature is connected to healthy food diets. In class, we watched this TED talk. This video provided a lot of information and opinions on natural foods. Some people felt that Ann Cooper was blaming the government too much. "...many parent rely on the school to provide their children with lunch because they cannot afford to send them a "brownbag." It is the governments responsibility to make sure that the meals they are serving are as healthy as possible because one of the biggest indicator on a child's health is their socio-economic status." Niko Simonson. It is the government and parents responsibility.
In another source that i looked at included some more comments. There was one statement that made me nod my head in agreement with the commenter to Ann Cooper's post. It was: "It's easy to say, "the reason this is happening,... is because of our food system and the way the government commodifies food, the way the government oversees our food, the way the USDA puts food on kids' plates that's unhealthy, and allows unhealthy food into schools." But doesn't this negate the role of the parents? Don't kids learn to eat before they enter school? The simple answer is " Yes, and No."
Have you ever hear a parent asking a five year old child, "What do you want for dinner?" in the supermarket? That child will probably end up eating some sort of processed food? McDonald's biggest seller is the "Happy Meal." Again, not the government fault. No one from the USDA ever put food on my kid's plates. If we make government the problem we are indirectly asking the government to raise our kids. One thing is clear, kids eat too much and don't exercise enough. What can parents do about it?" Thomas Hoppe. This is very true in it's nature because everything is a giant chain that connect events.
All of this makes me think that all of nature is connected. Gardening, food, diet, health of people, are all connected. It's the little steps we need to take to secure out futures.