Gardening as an Act of Political Independence


| May 17, 2002


Gardening as an Act of Political Independence, Ed Fallon, The Populist
Instead of moaning at yet another loss of political support for small farmers, Iowa state representative Ed Fallon took up a shovel and started his own small-scale means of food production. Writing in The Populist, Fallon urges anyone else who craves better food but whose attempts to buy it are thwarted by the prevalence of mass distributors and producers to do the same. With Mahatma Gandhi's credo of 'Be the change you wish to see in the world' as inspiration, Fallon set out to create what he terms his 'own private version of Eden.' 'Those of us who garden for a living know it can be a relaxing way to put good-quality, low-cost food on the table,' Fallon writes, 'But gardening also makes a political statement. . . . It serves as a sign of our independence. It puts us, our children, and our neighbors in direct touch with the all-important process of food production.'
--Julie Madsen
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