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Welcome Guest Blogger, Janet Glover's Thoughts - Sustainable Thanksgiving!

Posted Nov 10 2010 3:18am

A Sustainable Thanksgiving

The feel of the soil under my hands as I plant seeds, the delicious fragrances when I weed the herb bed, the first pods of sweet green peas or the first juicy, ripe tomato, the warmth of the sun, and the songs of the birds—all of these things and many more fill my heart with gratitude every time I go out to work in our garden.  Our organic garden has twenty-five raised beds, and from early spring through late fall, it takes many, many hours of time and effort—and it more than repays us with amazing beauty and a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  And so, Thanksgiving has a special meaning for us.  It’s a day to look back on another year of gardening and to be truly thankful for the harvest.

When we sit down with our family for Thanksgiving dinner, our table will be filled with so many good things from our spring and summer garden:  green beans, potatoes, butternut squash, and pickled beets. While we don’t grow our own wheat, the rolls and the bread for the dressing will be homemade with organic whole wheat flour, and lots of chopped onions and fresh sage from the garden will go into the dressing.  This year, we’ve added unheated hoop houses to our garden so that we can extend our fall harvest into December, and so we’ll have even more to be thankful for.  Broccoli and cauliflower should be ready by Thanksgiving, and we’ll have fresh peas and a salad of mixed lettuces, spinach, and radishes.  When I stand in my kitchen on Thanksgiving day and look out the window at our garden, I’ll feel a real sense of connection to the food that was grown right here on our own land, and the thanks will come straight from my heart.

For this year’s Thanksgiving, there will be one special addition to our dinner—something that we didn’t grow ourselves.  We’ve ordered a sustainably raised heritage turkey—an old breed turkey that was raised on a farm where turkeys roam outdoors and eat grasses and insects, where they live and grow as turkeys were meant to.  By spending the extra to get a heritage turkey, we’re supporting sustainable farming, and we’re helping to support the heirloom breeds of turkeys, many of which were near extinction.  It’s the next best thing to raising our own turkeys—and that’s something we’re thinking about doing in the future!  For those who may be interested, here are links to websites with information on sustainable and local foods: 

Heritage Foods USA -

I wish you all a wonderful (and green!) Thanksgiving, and may you have many reasons to be thankful in the coming year.
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