Even I am hesitant about gardening in the rain. I think it's the cat in me, but I really hate getting wet (unless it's on purpose and I'm in the pool!) There's nothing I love better on a nice rainy day than curling up with a good book, so I'd like to recommend one to read for those all-too-frequent Pittsburgh Spring Showers! Although I've been known to read books about gardening cover-to-cover, it's not a gardening book I'd like to recommend right now. But it is a book about eating and our current food supply, and I hope it will give you even MORE incentive to grow your own food. The book is Harvest for Hope: A Guide for Mindful Eating, by Jane Goodall.
Jane Goodall has been a hero of mine since I was a kid watching National Geographic nature specials on TV. She's that gentle, unassuming former secretary of Louis Leakey whose discoveries about chimpanzee behavior redefined our concept of what it is to be human. Her studies showed (to the chagrin of many) that we are not as far removed from our primate relatives as we'd once thought. Perhaps even more importantly they also helped us to realize that we are not separate from all the other creatures that inhabit this planet, but are indeed part of this whole fragile ecosystem that we share. It's not surprising that after decades of devoting herself to the study of chimpanzees, Jane Goodall has become a humanist. She realized that to save her beloved chimps she needed to be attentive to the humans who share their environment. This book is an extension of that attention, and in her gentle, unassuming way, she raises issues that we should all be aware of about our current food problems, and provides some simple, and very do-able things that each and every one of us can do to help solve them.
Want to learn more about the food we eat? Read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. Read Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. And have a listen to Deconstructing Dinner, a weekly podcast from Canada. It's about time we reconnected with the thing we have our most intimate relationship with . . . our food.