Caring about the environment is patriotic.
June 10th, 2009
When I read “La Vida Loba” in the April issue of Elle magazine — writer Sara Corbett’s personal narrative about her trek to a remote area of New Mexico to visit the home of her friend Loba, who had long since abandoned modern civilization to live a more primal existence — the part of the article that stuck with me the most was the description of the food that Loba prepared during the visit.
It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to grow my own food and savor it as simply and wonderfully as described above. Maybe it’s a reaction to the urban existence of my entire adult life (Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, and now Los Angeles) that has found me with nary a square of green land to call my own, but I became determined to grow something edible.
With no porch or patio in our current apartment, and a lone sunny spot in our kitchen, I decided to make use of a beautiful copper planter I had found and grow an organic indoor herb garden. It’s not a crop of vegetables, but it’s a start. And at $1.99 for each seedling I purchased from the nursery, it’s a heck of a lot more economical than spending $2.99 at Whole Foods for organic basil every time I want to make tomatoes and mozzarella.