“Grow what you love”, said Michael Ableman of Foxglove Farm during his week long Growing for Market course that I attended with him and about 15 other farmers.
Intuitively it just made sense. And not just because it offers the sweet rewards that accompany the process of self creation but because I tend to nurture those plants that please the pallet and feed the soul.
So I grow kale. I love kale. I have loved it since the day I began growing. It must be why I grow it well, so well that this year it is growing wild all over the garden, taking over the garlic patches, the beds freshly sewn with corn salad, nasturtiums, and squashes. It has taken over in some places but I don’t mind, it makes me rather happy to have more kale and observe the wonder of nature.
There’s a saying “Where your attention goes, the energy flows” and it would seem that this has definitely been the case in our garden.
More importantly, the simple words of wisdom, “grow what you love”, make it clear that there is more to gardening and farming than what you might ever read on the back of a seed package or in a book. Growing is a very personal, intrinsic experience and it really sums up why I so horribly failed at growing brussel sprouts year after year…
So why kale? Kale is the most nutrient dense food per calorie than any other food. It grows year round in Vancouver which means that you can eat it fresh from the plant with the maximum nutrient count everyday of the year. It’s versatile, it produces the yummiest flowers in the spring and nutrient dense kale buds throughout it’s entirety. The fact that it is “pretty” and comes in endless varieties and colours is just a bonus.
We’re so excited about kale that we’ve launched an Eat More Kale campaign. We serve kale smoothies, chips and salads in schools, at local events and stores. If you’re interested in eating more kale and our fun campaign, let us know we would love to get you involved!
Our next presentation will be on June 12th, 2012 from 11am – 1 pm at BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital farm market that is in partnership with Coquitlam Farmers Market.