The People-Plant Connection Leads to Environmental and Social Change

By Michael Metallo

In an era of instant gratification and fast-moving technological innovation, there's a lot to be said for getting back to our roots, digging in the dirt, sowing a bit of seed, and watching life spring out of the ground. The lessons learned from nature, gardening, and nurturing life teach us about the interconnectivity of all living things and engender a wholesome respect for the earth and an enduring commitment to making our world a better place.

The National Gardening Association (NGA) is committed to making gardening and plants a greater priority in the minds of the American public. Without plants, there is no life. Plants give us the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. They bring nature to our congested cities, draw disparate communities together, and, quite simply, beautify our lives. Fostering understanding of and appreciation for the people-plant connection is at the heart of what we do.

Within the context of this connection lie solutions to food security concerns and the epidemic of childhood obesity, and hope for greater educational opportunities or our youth, environmental sustainability, and much more. Our legacy to future generations depends upon the priorities of this generation. Where we place gardening — with all of its facets and benefits — in our national priorities will ultimately help to define us as a nation. As you page through our Web sites I invite you, your school, your business, or your organization to be a part of this vision.

This article originally appeared in NGA's print quarterly, Growing Ideas. This newsletter features projects, profiles, and tips that address topics of interest to home, school, and community gardeners. Growing Ideas is mailed free to paid Supporters of NGA. Sign up for a free 6-month trial subscription (two issues).

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