Day 33: A Reflection on Gardening

Day 33: A Reflection on Gardening April 11, 2014

“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan

“The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.” – Frances Moore Lappe

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” – May Sarton


Questions for Reflection

1. Why is gardening important to food justice?

2. What kinds of “fruits” might come from gardening?

3. Why do you think people so often respond favorably to the sight of a garden, whether at the church or in a neighbor’s back yard?

Food Justice Challenge

This week, start some seeds in a small pot or even in paper cups. Tend to them and watch them grow.


In addition to being the founder and editor-in-chief of the “40 Days for Food Justice Project”, the Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet is a Presbyterian pastor and food justice advocate. When not preaching, teaching or writing, she likes hiking with her dogs and growing things in her garden. Find out more about her at

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