By A.H.
Farm Stipend Participant

The garden is a very soothing and healing place to go. Working in the garden is empowering to me.

It gives me pleasure, joy, and most of all, a sense of accomplishment.

Working in the garden, actually putting your hands in the soil, getting to see all of the wonderful things it produces are a pure joy.

If you give a garden love, you receive back from it.

What you get back is both beauty and a harvest. It is a win, win, experience in every way.

Harvesting is nice of course, but for me, the most exciting part of gardening is watching Mother Nature at work.

Starting something from a see and watching it grow and mature is a remarkable, breathtaking journey.

It is miraculous to see all of the different things it takes to make a garden grow into fruition. Soil, slugs, snails, water, sun, seeds, and love and care make a beautiful garden.

This post is part of our Field Notes series written by survivors of intimate partner abuse.