For some reason, every time I look at my little boy’s hand grasping mine, I think of my own mother’s hands. I will forever remember them as I did as a child - thin, veined, tan from hours spent outside, and with just a smudge of dirt from the garden.
These are the same hands that now run an urban farm in Central Phoenix, my mother, who is the architect behind the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour. This twice yearly self guided tour gathers hundreds of garden enthusiasts who spend an educational Saturday viewing some of Phoenix’s most interesting edible gardens. To attend is to be inspired, awed and sometimes even envious, but these gardens reveal the heart and soul of their owners. Hours of labor, dedication and sweat are put into these backyard wonders. At Sweet Life Garden, the urban farm my parents have created, there is a small market featuring local vendors selling jams, sweets, fine foods and various handmade goods. We'll even be selling our lights at the Sweet Life table.I see my parents, in their element, and am in awe that my mother's idea, to show others how to create sustainable gardens, has turned into an Arcadia staple. And I hope that one day my son will be just as impressed with what my hands have accomplished.
See you on May 10th! Tickets can be purchased here.
My cutie pie parents