In the world at large, people are rewarded or punished in ways that are often utterly random. In the garden, cause and effect, labor and reward, are re-coupled. Gardening makes sense in a senseless world. By extension, then, the more gardens in the world, the more justice, the more sense is created.On Thursday night, the board of the Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency (HCDPA) demonstrated not only their narrow understanding of "community development" but also their commitment to injustice and senselessness by offering Hudson Urban Gardens a one year lease on half of what had been the community garden at Second and Columbia streets for $1,000 (they sold the other half to Habitat for Humanity for $5,000) and refused to give HUG an option to buy the property. John Mason has the story in today's Register-Star: "Garden gets another year added to lease."
Friday, January 24, 2014
Disappointment in the Garden
Andrew Weil, the doctor and writer who established the field of integrated medicine, had this to say about gardens: