A Garden For Life

Scholarship Entrant: Chance from Boise, Idaho
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Chance: 1

Gardening isn’t an activity that many 20-year old guys enjoy as a hobby, but it’s always been a way I to relax while appreciating the elements that make this planet beautiful, through the soil, plants, water, and sunshine. One social issue that plagues modern society is the inability of low-income citizens to be able to access and afford fresh, quality fruits and vegetables. With the ever-rising rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, it seems to me that communities, especially urban ones, need an empowering way to take back their food systems, while experiencing the joy that can be found by putting your hands in the dirt and growing something from seed to crop. If I could make a living establishing community gardens all across the country that practice sustainable methods while teaching kids how to grow their own food, then that would be the most worthwhile career I could ever imagine. Instilling the values of dedication, responsibility, and respect for the Earth while accomplishing empirical results that the gardeners can eat is something I would be overjoyed to call a career. For me, it isn’t about the money, but rather the sense of achievement knowing that I’m working to better the lives of those in need, while simultaneously creating a new social paradigm where people can operate in a self-sufficient manner rather than relying on the overly-processed grocery stores or gas stations for sustenance. Nutrition can be found in one’s backyard, and it’s my job to show people that.

Vote for Chance: 1

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