“I want Indian food again!.” Gracen expresses one last time before showing me his man-sized lunch pale where he can have hot food in one section and cold in the other, both maintaining their temperature at school till time for lunch. He finishes his explanation by showing me where his curry soup had been the day before.
My brain races: Ahhh, well no wonder I had never heard of Indian food at age 5. My metal Holly Hobby lunchbox had no fancy hot/cold thermal abilities.
Lisa and Gracen live here (LA) in a big city where it's difficult enough to make it on two incomes, let alone one. Yet incredibly, she's created a world for her son that can only be described as plentiful. A world where her son is exposed to all different types of food. Over the years, Lisa has planted fruit trees in her yard. 31 to be exact! As we walked around, I was stunned by the variety and number of trees that grow in her "normal sized" yard. As I admired their beauty, and marveled at the amount of food they must create, Lisa poured me a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, from lemons recently picked off her lemon tree.
Lisa has created a life for herself, full of free food!
It’s an eye opener in a day and age where sharing within a community is not common practice unless you're on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania or in the face of a major disaster.
is unique because they allow the public to come and pick their own produce! It's not only cheaper and fresher than purchasing from a grocery store, but it also helps to cut the costs of transportation for the farm.
By picking their own fruits and vegetables, people learn about food and where it comes from. What a difference from the rows of processed boxed items lining grocery store aisles that we "21st century folks" call... food.
As I looked around, I decided this was one of the most brilliant days I’ve had in a while!
To bring the entire experience full circle along with the farm providing fun daily activities for the family, they also have seasonal festivals, live music and other events.
I realized we all can be Modern Day Pioneers...
I walked away from the day inspired, and I realized we all can be Modern Day Pioneers, whether it be in our own yards, within the community, or by supporting local farms.
It just requires thinking outside the box.....or in the least, acquiring a more sufficient lunch box.