Although spring has been elusive here in Wisconsin (it’s mid-April and 37 degrees out with snow in the forecast), there are some signs of hope – the farmers market has finally opened! I spontaneously bought some seedlings from a farmer to plant outside in my little earth box (earth boxes by the way are awesome transportable garden beds good for people who live in apartments or have limited space). Here they are!

two types of lettuce, plus two Swiss chard

I’ve been meaning to get back into planting my own food for a year now, but all I’ve had the time and energy to do was sprout my own lentils. But now that spring is here, I can’t wait to plant stuff. I was partially motivated by this TED Talk, by Ron Finley, who helps plant gardens in South Central LA. He says that where he lives (and I would argue lots of places in the U.S.), “drive thrus are killing more people than drive bys,” so planting gardens is his effort towards combating obesity and food insecurity. So inspirational. My favorite quote is, of course, “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”