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Ireland’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is a Kitchen Gardener!

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Minister of State, Trevor Sargent (centre) visits Vancouver’s Compost Garden. City Farmer’s Lauren Welch and Michael Levenston welcome him.

Why I grow my own food

by Trevor Sargent
From his blog, February 1, 2009

I’m lucky to have a front and back garden that’s big enough to grow some food but not too big to manage. Before I cook a meal I always see what I can add to the meal fresh from the garden. Growing food to me is richly satisfying – a healthful pursuit for mind, body and spirit.

George Bernard Swaw, even though he earned his money writing plays, stated “gardening is the only unquestionably useful job”. The same can be said for farming. Indeed, food production is not just useful, it is essential.

Growing some food in the garden helps me appreciate some of the vagaries of farming. I still support my local farmers market and shop stocking local farm produce. However, to have something on the plate grown at home helps adds a deeply grounding satisfaction to any meal.

Trevor’s garden. Photo taken 2 February 2009 by C.Finn.

Trevor introduces his home kitchen garden in this video

Visit Trevor’s Kitchen Garden web site here.

Learn more about Trevor Sargent here.

As Minister

Discussing some of the details of their school garden with pupils of Scoil na Buachalli, Clonakilty.

Viewing the Mahon Allotments.

Classroom discussions: With Níamh Ní Dhúill in the Organic Garden Outdoor Classroom at Bloom 2008.

See more photos of the Minister at work here.