Recently, I had a new experience. At a garden-based learning workshop, a couple of boys saw a worm on a roll of sod, which we were using to create a sod sofa, and refused to pick up the roll. It was my first experience of boys showing fear or repulsion toward a worm.
As such, this Wall Street Journal article, Mom Was Right: Go Outside really resonated with me. So many of us are involved in the increasingly sober conversation about the loss of time spent in the outdoors. Here is another well-written call to get outside, citing, in this case, the cognitive benefits.
Gardening is a way to re-build the connection, and it’s easy, inexpensive, and accessible. You don’t need a large park to engage with an entire world of soil and what lives in it, and of course, plants that produce food and beauty.
We hope you are actively gardening this summer. I worry that our long-time number one national pastime of gardening may soon be replaced with….Facebook?