My Neighbor And Me sells fair trade products from Gambia, Guatemala, and Peru, as
well as products from the local community.
Ah the lazy days of summer…have hit us full force this week with high temperatures and high humidity. We were blessed with over an inch of rain to water the vegetable gardens and refill the rain barrels. I have been spending early mornings pulling weeds in my gardens before coming into the shop for the rest of the day.
I learned a lesson the past two summers that I can not handle a full-time store and a full-time vegetable garden at the same time. So I’m experimenting with growing vegetables in the midst of the flowers and reduced the size of my large vegetable patch.
Growing our own fruits and vegetables actually helps me to have a better perspective on the reality of life for many of our artisans in the shop. They too often work long days to feed their families and provide an income for their household. I know how tiring it can be to work from sunup to sundown.
I believe that gardening adds an extra dimension to our efforts here in the shop to sell fair trade goods. We do not take their work for granted.