“Because I have been given much….

I too must give-I cannot see another’s lack and I not share-My glowing fire, my loaf of bread, my roof’s safe shelter over head-That he too may be comforted.”  One of my favorite church hymns written by Phillip Landgrave in 1935.  I was sitting there tonight looking at all the wealthy earth I call my garden in our backyard.  I knew I had a lot of squares not being used until about the middle of May.  All of a sudden I had the idea of planting a whole 4 X 4′ box with nothing but lettuce that I could just give away to someone.  I called one of the local churches and they can’t take it.  Turns out they can’t because of the litigious culture we live in today.  It’s hard to imagine that someone could turn down food, but that’s the way it is.  So, I think this will probably be donated to the local food bank.  I haven’t called them yet but I’m hoping they will take what I have.  This 4 X 4′  will be done in about 5-6 weeks and will hold 64 heads of lettuce.  The two varieties are Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails.  It took me about 5 minutes to turn the soil over with my trowel, 5 minutes to plant 64 heads of lettuce, and less than 5 minutes to water it in.  The inventor of square foot gardening-Mel Bartholomew- has a goal of curing world hunger with this gardening system.  While I completely agree with the purpose and desire, I don’t ever think we will be able to do that for a variety of reasons.  But for those wanting to help themselves we can try to convert every gardener or non-gardener-one square foot garden at a time….think about the implications of this much food in such a very small plot of land and what could happen if we all truly desired to help struggling neighbors, friends, and family.  And regardless of the small sacrifice we might put in, nothing feels better than helping those around you…..

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2 thoughts on ““Because I have been given much….

  • by Carla

    We’re getting ready to plant our first square foot garden, and I’m happy to have found your site. I love your idea about planting lettuces for the poor. Rather than giving up (how sad the local churches can’t take it), what about finding people who can use it? As Mother Teresa said, the poor are everywhere if we have eyes to see. Speaking of Mother Teresa, if you can find Missionaries of Charity in your area, they would happily take them and put them to good use. In addition to food banks as you mentioned, you can go to any downtown area and find people in need. Perhaps premade salads with plastic forks would be better in that case. You can also just post lettuces on Craigslist or freecycle, saying that you have more than you can use. You can make them very cheap rather than free, thus preserving the dignity of people who have a lot of trouble making ends meet but aren’t looking to take from those who are truly striken by poverty. And you can always take them to your neighbors, focusing especially on the elderly who often live in greater poverty than is apparent.

    I just wanted to throw out a few ideas to go with your wonderful plan for growing extra lettuces for those in need. Thank you!

    • by Jim This is post author

      Carla….thanks for the kind words. You’ve made me think about options that I hadn’t considered but now will…glad you enjoyed the visit…Jim

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