Gardening is radical.

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“A home garden is a form of peaceful protest,” writes Megan Mayhew Bergman in Salon.

I couldn’t agree more – it’s a stance against pre-prepared, supermarket foods that have (often) been grown using pesticides in big fields of just that one vegetable or fruit (i.e. monoculture), might be genetically modified, and often come with unnecessary packaging.

I get my weekly veggie box here in Lilongwe from Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology. For 3000 kwacha per week (around $7.50) I get a big basket of weird and wonderful things, from pretty straightforward mint, oregano, and radish, to beautiful heirloom eggplants and never-before-heard-of tamarillos, best described as tree tomatoes.

Combined with the peppers, green peas, celery, strawberries, rosemary, and mint growing in a little patch on my yard I can’t help but feel truly radical.

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