The Faith Garden Phase One: Germination

OK, so It’s been almost 4 months since I posted The Faith Garden: Part 1 on The Really Nourish Movement YouTube station, and I’m finally at a stage where I am ready to start this thing!

For a couple of months over the summer I had a bit of garden training in an already existing garden.  My landlady went away for holidays and she gave us the green light to harvest whatever would grow.  So we had fresh pimentos, jalapenos (which I sliced and pickled in a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and olive brine for my daughter), eggplants and ochro on a regular basis.  She was also growing cassava, limes and dasheen but we didn’t get too involved in those crops.  Her mango tree was not bearing (season was over) but the two coconut trees provided us with fresh coconut water on a few occasions when one of the men felt to put up a ladder.

We harvested together and shared the bounty around with fellow tenants and some IMG_3673friends.  She had one pimento tree growing in a pot and then some various pots around with chadon beni (culantro) flourishing.  I watered the pots and the garden crops close to the wall from time to time and didn’t have to weed any of it because my husband simply sprayed it when it came up.

Then we started the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group under the auspices of the National Family Service and decided that one of our first acts would be to start a “Grow Box” initiative.  The plan is to learn how to grow our own food.  I was giddy when this all came together!  This is Really Nourish in motion indeed!   Restoring food sovereignty to the community here in Sangre Grande, and to Trinibagonians at large, is a neglected priority.  All the reasons we are so focused on this project relate to food sovereignty – taking control of our food costs, our health, our environment (by growing organically) and teaching the skill to our children as a vital parenting activity.  In that last consideration, it dawned on me that the skill got lost in recent generations and it is now time to reintroduce the education of food cultivation as a necessary part of parenting, perhaps institute the stewardship of plants as a rite of passage for every child.

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USDA Organic seeds are from organically grown plants and are non-GMO and not treated with any growth stimulants.

So, I decided, after the demise of said training garden, with my fridge devoid of any fresh fruit or vegetable, and the recent realization that I live in a food desert in the middle of farm country, I initiated The Really Nourish Faith Garden.  My children, the neighbor’s children, Abigail (aka Lindey) from the Sangre Grande Family Resource Group and I got our hands happily dirty filling the tray and sowing the seeds.  The children were fascinated at the different sizes and shapes of the seeds for each plant.  I even planted some sunflower seeds given to me by Mount Sinai Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at an event where they honored kidney donors about a month after my dad and my transplant.

Here’s the photo journal entry of the seed sowing activity.  We prayed over this little tray as we sprinkled water over them all by hand.  All of them are USDA organic, and most of them are good companions for each other.  I charted out their germination and harvest time frames.  Updates to come!!  Keep us in your prayers for success!

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My daughter and the girl next door sowing seeds. Statement on shirt: WORK IT GIRL!  
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Didn’t want to rely upon my memory of what was planted in each of the 120 spots in the tray, so I made this chart as we went along. Multiples of 4 made it good times table practice for my Standard 2 student!
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ReallyNourish.com Faith Garden: Phase One. I marked where the sunflowers are so I could reference the chart the correct way. I am sticking the chart up where we stage the tray inside at night.
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This is the kind of activity that creates many bonding opportunities for my children and I in stages – sowing seeds, watching seedlings sprout, transplanting, Repeat! Thanks be to God!

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