FROM FARM TO FORK.
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
So that's me, right? Well, that is pretty obvious. What am I saying! Don't mind me, my mind is reeling. It does that more often than not. Especially, when it isn't supposed to, for instance during an exam. Or worse: during presentations. Is it safe to say my mind has a mind of its own? Haha.
A little background about myself (Stay with me please. I promise, it'll all come together). I was born and raised in a farm. And like most farm children, you would expect them to spend all sunny days exploring the outdoors and getting familiar with the animals or plants or both, right? I know you could see it coming. If you didn't then I am sorry to break it down to you that I was not an inch close to that. I was always indoors so yes, I do not have childhood scars from playing. I was busy practicing my sentence structures. Call me weird but there is nothing wrong with that. Haha.
Fast forward to today. It dawned on me that most of the time my family eats food , particularly leafy greens and spices, fresh from the garden. And who's grand idea was it to be the one to harvest them? Yours truly, of course! I mean, how hard can it be? So there I am, standing in the midst of a sea of green plants which I thought were weeds if I am being extremely honest. Haha
Dilemma! I am between a rock and a hard place. Should I throw in the towel and admit to myself that I set myself up for failure? Or should my stubborn self thug it out and figure these things out even though they look totally different when cooked? My sister took that photo while I was having this monologue. Duh!I chose the latter. Meanwhile, it occurred to me that I have been on this earth for decades yet there some things I have taken for granted! (Don't get too carried away by the hyperbole, I have only been here for two decades and a few years). Anyway, I digress. Honestly, I was embarrassed to have lived here all my life and not have known the difference between these three green vegetables before me.
It got me thinking how important it is to take the initiative to learn these things. Trying out organic farming, not matter how small. It doesn't matter if it is a lemon grass plant with two leaves. It is a plant all together that you will have planted, nurtured then devoured. Woah! That sounded too graphic! Almost like the witch from Hansel and Gretel when she was plotting on fattening and later feasting on Hansel.
What I am trying to say is that we should get in the habit of growing some of the things we eat. It doesn't take much really and the rewards are oh so satisfying! It could turn out to be very fun.Who knows? It might be your thing but noooo,all you do is stay indoors all the time! On a side note, I found a huge ladybird! I cannot remember the last time I saw one. That was really cool. So if you cannot do it for yourself, do it because you'll create an ecosystem with ladybirds in it. Haha
P.S As you can clearly see, my red bowl is 100% plastic. I need an alternative and will be open to ideas on what I can swap it with.