June 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
While it’s no secret that our family of three has been serving as advocates of the plant-based lifestyle for a couple of years now, what I haven’t mentioned is that for the past several months, my side of the family has been fiercely transitioning to plant-based life as well.
Your Papa (my dad) and your Auntie Dana (my sister) have basically been vegans since last Fall.
By default, the other family members have ended up finding themselves in this peculiar alternative lifestyle as well.
Even since Christmas when we spent several days there in Alabama with them visiting, there was no meat or eggs served in any of the food.
Two weeks ago when we visited everyone for your cousin’s birthday, Nonna (my mom) proudly showed us her new garden. Yes, the seeds are organic and non-GMO. And the fertilizer is simple, classic horse manure.
You even got to help plant some cucumbers. Nonna texted me a picture yesterday of them sprouting of the dirt. How cool is it going to be when we visit the family later and eat those cucumbers, knowing you were the one who planted them?
One of the ongoing themes you’ve probably noticed, when I write about food, is the importance of questioning where your food comes from.
As for the vegetables and fruits we will eat when we visit family, we’ll know for sure where our food came from.
I should point out that you and I, along with Spiderman, helped water the soil around the garden.
Your “Uncle Owl” (my Uncle Al) had bought you a Spiderman sprinkler last summer that you decided you wanted to play with.
So basically, you assigned me to be brave enough to jump over it and run around it.
Then when you saw how cool it was for me to do it, you did the same. Nothing like getting wet by the Spiderman-themed garden hose sprinkler while wearing your pajamas.
We are now a part of our family’s organic, non-GMO garden. But how does it grow?
With love, water, and horse manure.