Growing up and living in the city I don't often get to see where my food comes from and the work that goes into putting food on my plate. I support local, shop at the farmer's market and talk to the farmers & vendors about their products, but spending a few hours on the farm gave me a greater appreciation for the care & dedication of the farmers. It's hard work! Plus I came home with a bag full of fresh, local, organic produce - rhubarb, lettuce, bok choy, spinach, turnips, radishes, lambsquarters, spring garlic, green onions and arugula.
Check out these recipes for some amazing ways to use the produce.
Cultivating Opportunities is a social enterprise that co-creates meaningful work opportunities in organic farming with individuals looking to reconnect with themselves and nature. They believe meaningful work - and particularly working with the land - is an invaluable means for personal healing and growth.For this reason, every growing season they seek to hire individuals living with mental illness and/ or addiction to work on the farm with us - to grow good food, share knowledge and stories, and to simply be.
This was an eye opening experience for me and gave me a renewed appreciation for where our food comes from. I spent a few hours each week helping to harvest some produce, pull weeds, water plants and whatever else needed to be done. It was a lot of work!