Lets Get Growing with Quint Hodges

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Gardening
roots run deeper in history than any other profession on earth. In the
beginning of time God created the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve began their life
there eating of its fruits. Adam was the first man and the first farmer
(Genesis 3:23). Adam and Eve had a son named Cain. Cain was the second
farmer (Genesis 4:2). From then till now the art of gardening has been handed
down from one generation to the next.

I can remember
as a child being in the garden with my parents, my grand parents and my great
grandpa. Now as an adult, raising a garden is a way to stay connected with my
ancestors that took the time to teach me how to raise a garden. Last year my
daughter asked me to show her how to do a garden. Now it is my turn to
pass down to her what I was taught. Gardening is a great family tradition that
can be started at anytime.

Gardening has
had its effect on human life through out history. The American
Indians and Pilgrims sharing their crops gave us the Thanksgiving
holiday. The potato famine affected thousands of people living
in Ireland, and caused the immigration to America. The dust bowl
was caused by farmers plowing up too much ground. Victory
Gardens were used during WWI and WWII to help feed our allies and
troops.

Gardens today still have a huge impact on our everyday lives. From what our children eat for lunch at school to what we have for supper tonight. Even if you go out to eat, your food was raised in a garden somewhere.

Farmers that
raise large gardens have provided lots of jobs for many people. From the
garden workers to truck drivers that deliver the crops to grocery stores. Jobs
for people that work in the grocery stores and restaurants to
food inspectors.

Local churches
that have food banks have been supplied with food that came out of somebody’s
garden, even if it was bought in a can it started out in a garden. The can food
that people put in blessing boxes started out in a garden.

When you raise a garden you help more people than just yourself. Share what you raised with your neighbors and co-workers and pass down that art of gardening to the next generation.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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