I was raised on a small farm in Colorado and have always felt a connection to the land and the soil. Farming is not an easy business. It takes constant attention and perseverance and it is not for everyone. It is hard on the hands, but kind to the soul. I would encourage you to try gardening, though, if you don’t already. The rewards of caring for a garden are not only healthy food and the benefits of outdoor activity, but a sense of accomplishment and well-being. I think often the world moves so quickly we lose our place in it. A garden provides a center and a place to reflect on what is important. What is irreplaceable are our friends and family and the beauty of this natural world. By growing and caring and saving and sharing we can bring it all back into balance.