Get­ting the urge for own gar­den

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

With all the news sto­ries re­gard­ing the high cost of food, and see­ing one fam­ily on the news tonight some­where in N.S. do­ing a backto-the-land kind of method to mak­ing and/or grow­ing all their own food, I was re­minded of my child­hood and where our food came from. We had a huge gar­den with fresh veg­eta­bles all sum­mer long and our mother al­ways made large amounts of pre­serves. We picked berries, that is straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries and black­ber­ries from sur­round­ing farms as well we were able to have a sup­ply of ap­ples from neigh­bours.

This was a time for shar­ing, and with our mother be­ing a widow for sev­eral years, shar­ing with her and her six chil­dren made ev­ery­one feel good. At some point dur­ing our child­hood our mother be­gan rais­ing her own chick­ens and did that un­til well into her 70s. But be­fore that, I can re­mem­ber a lot of the neigh­bour’s chick­ens ran free and eggs were laid ev­ery­where.

But then if Mom needed eggs for break­fast, or for bak­ing or what­ever, she just asked one of us to “go get me some eggs” … and we did. We seemed to know the nest­ing ar­eas along the ditches near farm fields and would scoop up three or four, or more, and dash back home. It was just an ev­ery­day part of life in the 1950s.

I told this story in brief to an older friend of mine and she sug­gested this let­ter and said, “Kathy you had your own food bank.” Life was easy and there were not the big gi­gan­tic su­per­mar­kets dic­tat­ing what we can and can­not af­ford in our gro­ceries. That fam­ily on the news tonight has me think­ing that I re­ally need to have a gar­den next sum­mer. How about you? Kathy Birt, Mount Ste­wart

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