Plant A Seed Day Sheds Light On Pressing Global Issues

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March 16, 2020

The 2020 edition of Plant a Seed Day takes place on March 19th, and people around the world are being encouraged to participate. Such a simple action can help solve critical problems.

Access to affordable, nutritious food remains one of the world’s most pressing issues, and with the current spread of COVID-19, that has never been more true. 

The outbreak is having a major impact on the food supply chain; some factories have closed temporarily, and concerns are growing around the import and export of goods. 

If we all grew food at home, we could lessen the burden and stress. Not just in times like these, but always. 

An estimated 40 million Americans were food insecure in 2017; we rely on processed food to fill our bellies, and that has a trickle-down effect on the health system. 

Here’s the thing: access to fresh food can start with a single seed. One tomato plant can produce 200 fruits in a season. One zucchini plant can yield six or seven zucchinis a week! 

Imagine walking a few steps to your balcony or yard to harvest beautiful produce for your family?

Anyone who already does it can tell you there’s nothing more satisfying, rewarding, or enjoyable. I started three years ago and won’t ever look back. 

Big Green, the organization behind the Plant a Seed movement, is trying to send a message: every seed we plant moves us closer to a more sustainable, healthier local food system.   

Unfortunately, the virus outbreak means many public planting events have been canceled this week. But you can still participate in this important day! 

Big Green is willing to send free seeds to your home. All you have to do is send them an email.

Pledge to plant something on Wednesday. After that, make it a habit and plant as much as your space allows. 

Get your kids involved; my daughter loves planting seeds with me and is thrilled to watch them grow every day.  

After hearing about a study that finds music makes plants grow, my son is regularly jamming in front of my seed starting flats. 

Besides, with their school closed for at least the next two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19, planting seeds is a fun and educational way to keep them busy!

We can all make a difference. Affordable, nutritious food is just one seed away.

Catherine Sherriffs
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Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her two young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.
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