This Spring, while you are planning and planting your garden, plant one more row than you normally would. When harvest time comes, give some of the firstfruits at the beginning and the overflow at the end, to help feed the homeless.
Through the years, we have learned to be very creative in our use of ingredients. I’m going to try growing quinoa and amaranth. They are beautiful, 4′ to 8′ tall flowers that can grow well in our area.
We can use sweet potatoes, spinach, green beans, squash, beets (with the greens), cabbage, broccoli, carrots, peppers, whatever! Don’t forget the herbs and spices. We go through a lot of them: garlic, basil, sage, lovage, parsley, celery leaves, cilantro.
This will give added purpose to your gardening. Gardening is a great way to include the whole family in important lessons of sowing & reaping, faithfulness in service and God’s marvelous provision. If everybody learned these lessons by gardening or farming, we would need far fewer prisons and perhaps no homeless shelters.
Get your hands in some dirt. Get rooted in life!