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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