Put your hand up if you’ve had a lot of emotion this winter. Mine is up. Way up. The unprecedented events that have transpired in the last few months south of our boarder and beyond, are still hardly believable. But they are real. Very. The uprising that is boiling over is causing more people than ever to make changes. If there is anything good to come about, it’s that.

This is where I always end up, saying to myself in nearly every situation: well here we are, now what are we going to do about it. That question is terrifying at times. The whole world, near and far is full of scary, but it’s also filled with a lot of good.

So… What can I do about big issues?

Bringing it back to what I have in my power to do is key. My hope is to start with me, and grow to we. Back in the fall when social media feeds were full of wringing hands and disbelief, a friend of mine said, “I’m going to put my hands in the soil today and connect with what I know.” Such a simple statement, that I have thought about that different times since then and it has really made me think. This year I’m going to grow a garden. Now that doesn’t sound huge and actually I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I don’t, but there it is. For me, the landscape is a large part of who I am. Connecting with community is another.

Connecting back to the simple and whole, gets pushed to the wayside all to often.

Life can get hectic. Growing some food this spring is something I can do.

Something that will make change in my life allowing me to give back and share.

It’s not rocket science but if we all made some sort of effort to slow down and connect with the environment, each other and ourselves, we’d be making some serious headway.

There are so many amazing ways to get your hands into the soil even if you are tight on space. We have community gardens throughout the North Shore that are always looking for more hands and provide food directly back to the community.

Supporting a local CSA (community supported agriculture) is the least messy, and still connecting with local ground. Check out Hilltop Homestead on Facebook.

Container gardening is another way to make change on a smaller scale like an apartment or nursing home, easily achieved with some extra hands, and these are only a few food producing ideas. We are blessed to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape in the world here in Nova Scotia. I, for one, can’t wait for those spring breezes but until then I’m getting my hands on a seed catalogue and putting an action plan together.