EDITOR'S DESK: Crestview community garden promotes much more than farming

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 02:06 AM.

Well, I'm happy to report, a number of Crestview residents get it. They know the value of hard work, enjoying the fruits of their labor and forecasting a healthy financial future because of it. 

They're tending to more than 30 reserved plots at the Common Ground Community Garden, according to Catherine Ward, the nonprofit's organizer. I enjoyed meeting this visionary and listening to her presentation Thursday during the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Professional and Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow meeting.

The downtown garden comes at time when DIY — or do it yourself — is in demand. We've heard you can't have your cake and eat it, too. But DIYers who build their own luxurious furniture, create their home's artwork or cook, instead of eat out so often, do just that; they save money but still live comfortably.

Promoting self-reliance and resilience are Common Ground's objectives, and they extend beyond gardening, Ward said. Avoiding dependence on the government, paying in cash as opposed to a credit card and being a survivor, not a victim, make people self-sufficient.

And the more you can depend on yourself, the more others can depend on you, and the more the community thrives.

Makes sense to me; the DIY, good-things-come-to-those-who-wait — or plant —  approach sends a positive message. One that, hopefully, will supplant the constant, toxic messages that tell us — to a catchy tune  —   to blow our money on booze because we're nobody outside a bar. 

Learn more about Common Ground Community Garden at www.crestviewcommunitygarden.org.

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