By Anders Olson
When working in CRYJ’s Garden success can be measured in many ways. Some would say that the 1208 pounds of produce we have harvested this year would indeed quantify our success. For me it is not the amount of food we pulled out, but the effort we put in, growing so much more than food.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry sums this essence up best in the Little prince when he wrote:
“If you tell grown-ups, “I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof…,” they won’t be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, “I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs.” Then they exclaim, “What a pretty house!”
This year we not only harvested a great amount of food, but we harvested friendships, smiles, laughter, hardships, learning opportunities, new skills, new experiences and of course some carrots.
So our garden is not just a place where an impressive 1208 pounds of food was harvested; it is a place where strangers came together, people with varying backgrounds working side by side, not only learning about gardening but about each other.
Though we planted carrots and tomatoes we harvested community and connection!