When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
After the initial joy and disbelief, waking up one morning with a sense of unease was perhaps not unexpected. The responsibility of caring for my land, to a standard of perfection only seen in dreams, was overwhelming. I felt inadequate and undeserving.
Garden club that night seemed pointless but I went because it was on the calendar. The thing about garden club is you can't stay miserable for long. Welcoming smiles, perfectly brewed tea and home baking usher in the evening's business. Carolyn Herriot from Seeds Of Victoria and author of The Zero Mile Diet and The Zero Mile Diet Cookbook was the guest speaker.
What a feisty gal she turned out to be. Here is a sampling of the what she had to say:
Over a million Canadians, half of whom are children, go hungry every day.
Few communities have more than 3-4 days worth of food stockpiled for emergency situations
The average piece of food travels 2000km to reach us, spending days, even weeks, between harvest and consumption, losing taste and nutritional value along the way.
People have lost their knowledge of nutrition and the ability to grow their own food.
Oh silly girl. It's not about an unrealistic dream. Forget perfection. It's an Opportunity. A gift of Possibilities. It is the culmination of my beliefs. I'll dig and I'll plant and I'll share and I'll learn. I'll go to meetings and write letters and be demanding of politicians. Oh there will be doubt and fatigue and frustration and naysayers. Not to worry, certainty is powerful. I'm where I'm supposed to be.
When You Wish Upon a Star: lyrics by Ned Washington
Photo: Glen Youman source