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Farming / Gardening – More than Just Growing Plants

This article will talk about the various advantages of home gardening. I hope after reading this article many will start looking agriculture into different perspective like did.

Why Farming ?

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” Masanobu_Fukuoka

So many years I been taught that the main purpose of farming is to cultivate food. But later I released that farming is not just growing food but there are many more other features and only few can be explained in words rest I think you need to experience by yourself.

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Some famous Quotes:

“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized”.

““Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.”

Alice Waters

If the farmer is poor then so is the whole country – Polish Proverb 

Some Advantages of farming:

As i mentioned already there are many advantages but now i am going to tell very few which i personally experienced.

Live Healthy:

It is said that Japanese live longer and healthier and they have more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old. Yes, you read it right. There are many other reason behind that but growing plants and cultivating their own food is also one of the main reason.water-use-less2

Stress Relief:

A report states that more than eight in 10 employed Americans are stressed. Not just in America, almost all part of the world faces similar problem. Many studies reports that Gardening can be a great stress busters. Actives like growing beautiful flowers, fresh vegetables, working in bright sunlight helps to reduce your stress to a great extend.

Stay close with Nature:

Growing plants helps you to stay close with nature. You will start noticing the weather and climatic conditions.

Teaches Patience:

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. ~ Gertrude Jekyll

You cannot force a plant to give you the yield from the next day. You need to wait and there is no other option. This is a great life lesson. The thing about gardening is that you realize you can’t rush things. A seed takes a certain amount of time to sprout, no matter what you do. A plant or tree takes a certain amount of time to grow, flower, or bear fruit, no matter what you do. 

Teaches Compassion to all:

A good gardener always plants 3 seeds – one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself. ~ Leo Aikman

Gardening is the best way to nourish your children with compassion. Gardening is tending to the soil with care and patience and being nourished by the harvest, however small or big. When children begin to see the work that goes into their meals, where food comes from, and all of the people involved, a feeling of inner connectedness will begin and you have yet another way on how to teach your child compassion. I am sure your kids will not waste food if they could feel the difficulty involved in growing food.hm-pollen1051410

 Many Buddhist schools say that the teaching of compassion has two wings, like a bird, and when the one wing of compassion is taught the other wing of wisdom will also be engaged. In this way, the bird will only soar high when both wings are strengthened.

Live to-gether feeling:

Gardening is not just for humans. It is said that humans just consume the bi-product of the plant. Earth worm is considered as a farmer friend. They help to supply nutrition to the soil. More than 70 crops are pollinated by Bees and if you add butterflies to the add the list the almost majority of crops comes under the list. Birds and small animals comes to eat the earthworms and fruits. It is said fruits eaten by squirrels and other birds will tends to be more tastier and healthier.

The advantage list goes on and on like outdoor exercise, better-tasting food, sense of pride, and many more. Will stop the list here and request you all to start growing plant and request you to share your experience. Happy Gardening 🙂

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