There are so many challenges we are all facing right now that it is hard to know what direction to look in. Here in Nashville in March 2020 we faced a tornado that destroyed or disrupted many of our family and friend’s homes and businesses, and following close behind was the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the midst of all of this heartbreak and turmoil is the search for gratitude.
If we stop for a moment we don’t have to look far though… laughing on a group family text with those living in different parts of the country, having FaceTime tea with a friend that lives nearby since we cannot visit each other, waving and talking to the many people that walk our neighborhood, quick phone calls to family that are close, but that we cannot visit right now.
And also for the earth that we tend, and all the green things that are coming up in it. Gratitude for the seeds coming up, the “weeds” growing in our yard to to add to our garden soup, the beautiful pink peach blossoms that are raining down in the breeze, the mockingbirds that have become friends.
Beyond the gratitude is also a desire for action…
We had classes scheduled at The Spring House for the entire year; which are sadly now on hold. I had hoped to eventually have some online offerings, and now suddenly we are launching into that without much preparation. Our first class was a Facebook Live event, called Gardening on the Edges. This class isn’t polished, but we hope that it will encourage you to get your hands in the dirt. Our passion for everyone being able to grow their own food feels more important than ever.
The second endeavor we are launching is The Seed Revolution. This is a movement about the power of a seed. It is about living locally, growing our own food, and learning to live life in community with each other and with the green world around us. We hope you will visit the site and become part of the revolution.
Peace & love, Robert & Joni McKeown (May 2020)