June 13th, 2014

On Father’s Day: Green Lessons Learned

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Father’s Day. A time for honoring fathers, celebrating fatherhood and recognizing the influence of fathers in our society.

This Father’s Day I celebrate all the fathers in my life. Those here now and those no longer with us.

Born in Queens, New York I was destined to be a city girl. When I was about 5 my family picked up and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. Just like that, this city girl was plopped in the country. I was not happy. And now I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

One childhood memory stands out. When I was growing up in Madison we joined a community garden. At the time I was so angry at my father for making us do this. My valuable time as a tween was spent lugging milk containers filled with water from our home to this garden. At a very young age I had a chance to connect with the food we were eating and the opportunity to eat seasonal, fresh, organic food that came from our very own garden. Thanks to my father I try very hard to instill that same connection with my own children, whether it’s through a CSA, farmer’s market or gardening. I’m not always successful, but good intentions are always there.

In honor of Father’s Day I asked a few bloggers to share their thoughts on any ‘green’ lessons (or not so ‘green’ lessons) learned from a father figure in their life.  

Here’s what they had to say:

My father taught me not necessarily about the art of living green, but about the art of living simply. He is a man who does not need much to be happy. No flashy car, fancy clothes, or other materialistic item can light up his face. All he needs in life are his wife, his daughter, and now his grandsons. What a fabulous lesson about what is really important.

~Jessica, Eat Sleep Be

My dad, Bob, he’s always been “green” so to speak. In fact, he’s the first person who ever told me to not use bottles with BPA and I thought he was crazy at the time. What did my dad know about bottles and BPA!? Well, father knows best and I’m glad I listened to him. He’s the man who shared with me how to garden, cook and not waste food. When I didn’t like to go into the woods or be outside because I was too girly, he encouraged me and took my sister and me out hunting, four wheeling and fishing. I might not have enjoyed all of it back then but now I appreciate what he did for me and I’m thankful. He’s really a great dad and so many of his attributes have rubbed off on me and helped make me who I am today.

~Sommer, Green and Clean Mom

While I had an abundance of fresh produce around growing up in tropical South Africa, I never had the experience of growing my own fruits and vegetables other than my grandfather’s mini farm. He lived in a small town called Ladysmith 3.5 hours away from me and he had a decent amount of land where he grew things like carrots, cabbage, plums, peaches, and he even had a grape vine. I recall him yanking a huge carrot out of the ground, rinsing the soil out under the faucet and giving to me to eat. My grandmother was fussy about eating it right there, but he kept watch for her as I munched on it. I don’t think anything tasted better than that carrot or anything that grew on that land. I’ve always been determined to grow something and each year I try with our veggie garden and each year I learn to do it better. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the miracle of seeing food come out of the ground.

~Niri, Mommy Niri 

My father instilled a very strong work ethic in me. He taught me to stick to my values and not be afraid to go out on a limb for what I believed in. From him I learned that hard work pays off and that loving your job makes all the difference!

~Micaela, MindfulMomma

What’s your favorite Father’s Day lesson?

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2 Responses to “On Father’s Day: Green Lessons Learned”

  1. I found your blog as I was searching for posts about garden lessons. My father taught me the lesson of curiosity. He always encouraged (and still does!) my curiosity and my capacity for lifelong learning. I remember him smiling and nodding when I shared what I had learned about plants in Girl Scouts. This is a great post for the “Garden Lessons Learned” meme. I host it quarterly. If you’d like me to feature you in the meme wrap-up, just send me an email at plantpostings@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post: http://plantpostings.blogspot.com/2014/05/garden-lessons-learned-spring-2014.html Happy Gardening!

  2. I love that Beth- the lesson of curiosity! What a fabulous lesson. Thanks for the invite….I’m going to stop by!

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