Thursday, September 9, 2010

From the Desk of Draya – A Quest Client and Volunteer

When it comes to attention and focus, my brain is a funny machine. I find it very hard to sit down and focus on one task or one thought at a time. I’m distracted by all the interesting (and they all grab my interest briefly) little details of life. And, big pictures have many, many little details.

If I don’t like something, or if it’s associated with a negative thought/experience/emotion, then I (usually) have a harder time focusing on it. On the other hand, if I am interested, Ii can get obsessive. I research it. I look for it in the world. I might try to create it.

I read a lot about gardening. I have been particularly focused on the concept of a living, vertical wall that would potentially produce food. It has been my intention to blog about that specific detail. I went to the library yesterday, wanting to see what they had about vertical gardening. There wasn’t anything like what I’d seen online, so I focused on some of the related details and brought some home.

When I go to the library, I have trouble not bringing books home. There’s something about having a book to hold in your hand and touch as you read that I really love and appreciate. You can’t get that interfacing with computers. Maybe it’s because computers and the internet have overwhelmingly immense amounts of detail to get lost in. I find if I only see one detail at a time I forget about the rest, or I get anxious that I won’t be able to “consume” all that information. It’s similar to the anxiety I feel in bookstores. I know I will never be able to read everything I would ever want to.

So I brought home some books about community gardening, taking over the front lawn to grow food, hip houseplants, urban gardening, eating what you grow, and one about anxiety. I thought about the many community gardens I see around town and all the vacant and ugly fenced lots. I thought about a garden I used to walk past all the time where the guy has used every part of his front and back yard to grow food. He has kiwi trellises that were loaded with what had to be a couple hundred kiwis, there is an apple tree, a pear tree, greens, and beans. He even has chickens. I thought about going guerrilla gardening with a local group. I thought about recycling grocery bags, drink bottles, egg cartons into planters...

So what is the bigger picture here? So many people on our planet and in our city are going hungry. They are disconnected from nature and agriculture. Yet, there are solutions. This doesn’t have to be “just the way things are.” They can become something different if we each make a choice, many choices daily.

Today I will go out and get a plant and maybe some dirt to plant some seeds I have hanging around waiting for a yard and garden.

1 comment:

  1. Great post - I really relate to it as a gardener in the city. My garden provides balance, bounty, beauty and therapy for me, together with an appreciation for the seasons.

    Community gardening is a wonderful alternative to having one's own.