Volume 12, Number 7                                         January 3, 2009

The Farmer

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Gardening grows...

By Dr. Ridgely Abdul Muímin

Gardening grows an appreciation for God

Gardening grows discipline by forcing you to keep to a schedule

Gardening grows the ability to plan for the future

Gardening grows submission to the laws of nature

Gardening grows character

Gardening grows toughness of resolve

Gardening grows scientific analysis

Gardening grows problem solving skills

Gardening grows common sense wisdom

Gardening grows a mathematical approach to living

Gardening grows muscles

Gardening grows increased sensitivity to touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing and fatigue

Gardening grows relationships between family and neighbors

Gardening grows compliments from others

Gardening grows a sense of security from hunger and want

Gardening grows a community spirit

Gardening grows self confidence

Gardening grows hope in a better next season

Gardening grows awareness of other creatures who like your crop

Gardening grows acceptance that animals and weeds are smart

Gardening grows a sense of humor

Gardening grows paying attention to the weather, the seasons and the time

Gardening grows an understanding of cause and effect, input to output, and returns to effort

Gardening grows insight into the relationship between the past, the present and a better future

Gardening grows an attachment to the earth

Gardening grows disdain for concrete and steel

Gardening grows a feeling of self-reliance

Gardening grows a habit of being productive

Gardening grows satisfaction in a job well done

Gardening grows a charitable attitude

Gardening grows a link to our ancestors who were mostly farmers

Gardening grows your possibility of genetic memory recall

Gardening grows respect for the farmer and all of those who sweat

Gardening grows knowing what "real" is

Gardening grows a desire to be free in deed

Gardening grows good food