This week, we feature stories that teach us that even in the most challenging times, we can turn to gardening to feed our souls and nourish those around us who are in need.
When the COVID-19 crisis began and the country went on lockdown, “connection” is what many of us missed the most. Visiting family, meeting up with friends, traveling, or even just going to the farmers market – all of that had to be put on hold for the safety of everyone.
We all had more time at home than ever before this year. A lot of people looked to their garden as a refuge and a way to heal their bodies, comfort their hearts, and feed their families. Many even started gardening for the first time.
It’s true that we’re all in this together, but it’s also true that most of us never felt more alone than we did at certain times in 2020.
As gardeners, though, we found ways to connect. Maybe you’re a regular viewer of Growing A Greener World. Maybe you listen to Joe’s podcast or are a part of his online classes. Maybe you’ve reached out for gardening advice through email or Facebook. Whatever the case, we’re all connected.
So for this final episode, we thought that maybe the stories most worth sharing are yours. The everyday gardener doing your part to grow a greener world – and this year – doing your part to nourish your friends and neighbors through gardening.
We reached out to members of our online community, and what many of you shared about how you are coping with COVID are the stories that make up this episode.
We received so many heartfelt stories, but we could only use a few. It’s apparent that getting back to the garden is helping us all in ways we’re only just beginning to grasp.
As we kept getting emails and photos and videos, we saw a recurring theme that kept coming up over and over. Many people were using their extra time at home to do more growing or to start gardens for the first time.
And almost every one of them were also finding ways to do more sharing of both their harvest and of their know-how.
We also wanted to show you a peek behind the scenes at the crew responsible for bringing Growing a Greener World to you and sharing this information on various platforms.
It’s no surprise that we too used gardening as a place of refuge this year. You’ll get a glimpse at what each of us grew in our gardens this summer.
Creating this episode reminded us that there really are so many ways a simple garden can bring about change. Hopefully, these stories – YOUR stories- that we’ve shared have given you hope and shown you the best in people at a time when it’s easy to feel isolated and divided.
These stories have also demonstrated the awesome yet simple power of plants and remind us that even though we aren’t all face-to-face as much as we used to be, there’s still a connection that we all share because of the garden.
We couldn’t think of a better way to end the season than to put the spotlight on home gardeners. Thank you for tuning in this season and following these stories.
A special thanks to those who wrote in with their stories, videos, and photos. If we weren’t able to include your story in this episode, just know we are grateful that you took the time to connect and share.
Thank you to Mary-Jeanne Ramos and the nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island for the photo used at the top of this page in the video thumbnail for this episode.
And a huge thank you to all the healthcare and other front line workers for all your hard work this year. Your selfless service during this crisis is helping us all get through these tough times. You are truly heroes and we appreciate you!
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