The past week or two has felt like something of a make-believe spring in Brooklyn. We’ve had unseasonably warm days flanked by seasonably chilly ones. Bodegas are filled with daffodil blooms, tree pits are sheltering crocus shoots, ankles have started peeping rebelliously between pants and shoes. I’ve worn my jean jacket nearly every day. Reminder: The calendar says March 1.
Determined not to harp entirely on the fact that all of this warmth can’t mean much that’s good for our struggling planet, here’s a little celebration of spring and the perfectly mundane miracle of being able to plant tiny seeds in brown dirt and get something cheery and bright in return.
A french terry tee for laughing in the face of dirt smears and grass stains.
A beautiful reference guide to all things herby.
A pair of sunglasses for fending off rays.
A seed-filled face oil for a youthful glow.
Golden earrings for catching the light.
A pair of high-waisted jeans that get better with age.
A gardening caddy for a someday harvest.
Tomato-red clogs because it’s make-believe. Who says you can’t garden in open-toed sandals?
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we can do today to help the planet and each other:
For kids who need gardens: Support FoodCorps, a nonprofit (founded by my brother-in-law) that connects kids to healthy food in schools.
For the future of farming: Preorder Letters to a Young Farmer, a collection of essays on food and farming from my old stomping grounds, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
For reducing emissions: If you don’t already, try cutting down your meat consumption in the name of reducing greenhouse gases. One study shows that widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would reduce emissions by nearly two-thirds, but even a commitment to a Meatless Monday would be a step in the right direction. (While it’s still not quite spring, try this!)
For the stewards of the planet: Read this essay from a current EPA employee and weep (with sorrow and with joy).