We have been noticing a lot of news stories on Freeganism lately.
It’s a anti-consumerism lifestyle that is steadily gaining popularity as more people hear about it. There are documentaries, tours, and new groups starting up all the time.
As gardeners, we realize that this really isn’t a new movement, it’s just normal practice for gardeners. We call it sharing our plants.
And everything old is new again.
Coming over to visit in the summer and you will leave with armfuls of fresh picked produce, enough to keep you fed in salads for a week.
The Freegans choose to pick wild flowers from park paths for their salads.
Sure they are free, but we are pretty sure that a city dog did not walk by and water our veggies.
Visit a gardener in the spring or fall, and most times you won’t leave empty handed. “Oh I have some volunteers of this plant, here take some.”
Or you will hear, “I’m splitting this perennial up, let me give you some.”
My early childhood memories involve standing next to a towering pitchfork, as a neighbor pried a dahlia tuber up from the ground. Or a shovel of dirt exposing the perennial roots of a flowering plant that would become the keystone of our garden.
When we played at the neighboring kids houses, their mother’s would always send home a bag of peas, or some lettuce. It was just what gardeners did. Freegans will be going through the restaurants trash to find day old wilted lettuce.
So while Freeganism may be all the rage now, we gardeners just nod our heads and realize that everything old is new again.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams