Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whole Foods Urban Farm Video

One of my favorite homegrowing living bloggers, Esperanza of Pluck and Feather, has been featured on the new Whole Foods "Thrive" video series. I recommend it highly!

Esperanza speaks on the reasons why she was driven to start making and growing things, such as getting in touch with the cultural past of her grandparents, creating her own personal space, and feeling more in touch with nature and food.

The homegrown living movement seems to be growing and growing right now, and her words really express so many of the reasons why! It's exciting for these ideas to be spreading into popular culture.

Of course, not everyone has the time, resources, or energy to have a homegrown house. And some people might have something to say about shopping at Whole Foods. But nonetheless, I am still happy to have the word being spread.

Even just talking about growing and making things usually ignites a spark in most people, and they get excited about it in some way!

As Esperanza said, it may tap into something they remember seeing their grandmother doing, or it may be realizing that they've never thought about how peanuts grow, or learning that you can bake bread in the rays of the sun. Some of the kids who regularly visit the garden can't get over the fact that the sunflower seeds we planted are just like the ones you eat from a plastic bag.

Having conversations like the one in this video are such a positive way to frame how we look at what we consume. Congrats, Esperanza!

(p.s. if you're a fan of Wes Anderson films, there is a reason why her husband and father-in-law may look familiar... interesting fact!)

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