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homegirl – nice to see you read my posts carefully enough to think you can discern my state of mind, but you’re not understanding this one. I made a suggestion, not a judgement. And I believe in my suggestion. Gardening is beneficial but hard work, particularly in Wangari Gardens, which is very large & very hot. I know and work with a lot of people on public benefits and believe it is demeaning to them, harmful to society and actually immoral to require nothing from those who are physically able to work in return.
I’ve given away at least 30 pounds of produce from my garden this summer to neighbors on SNAP. While I’m happy to be able to share my bounty, and always strive toward genuine giving, I also find it strange that not one of them has ever offered to come over and help in the garden. I’ve even had one woman ask for lettuce, but when I told her to come over and help herself – instead of me handing her a bag that I’ve picked, washed & dried for her – she couldn’t be bothered.
I think Wangari gardens and other community gardens are great and wish them the best. It doesn’t prevent me from having other, bigger ideas.