Shopping for produce in grocery stores you miss the beauty of food as it grows. Kale leaves start out as tiny, cute, lacy fronds. Mustard greens produce clusters of green flower buds. Squash blooms splash bright orange color across forests of huge green leaves. And growing apples grow up next to siblings. When they are picked and carted off to stores, do they miss their siblings?
Even if it’s not practical for most people to grow their food, it would be practical to weave gardens and mini farms through urban areas, giving even city dwellers the joy of watching food grow. Then when they bite into their salads, they could close their eyes and picture all the wonderful shapes those salad greens took as they popped out of their seeds, pushed their way through the soil, and spread their leaves like wings.