If I could earn a living doing the thing I loved most I would be a gardener. I learned to love gardening through multiple generations of women in my family. I remember as a young girl heading deep into the depths of my grandmas jungle of bright, smelling flowers. As I grew, I put my mom’s gloves on (that were all to big for me) and I helped her, pulling weeds and smelling the roses (literally). I would travel the country meeting with mayors and helping to set up beautiful community gardens full of fruits, vegetables, and gorgeous flowers. These gardens would provide oxygen to our environment, reduce food miles, and encourage healthy eating, while bringing communities together to reach a common goal of having a successful garden that everyone owns a little piece of.
Community gardens could become a part of elementary school curriculums, teaching kids about the cycles of plants, how to test soil, and even how bees pollinate.
We have a garden in my back yard, and the joy and accomplishment I find within myself when I bring a basket of tomatoes, green peppers, and peas inside for dinner cannot be measured. I want to be a professional gardener so everyone has the chance to feel this way, so everyone searching for healthy foods, and outside activities can have them. I want to change the world with my knowledge of plants, one community garden at a time.