Speaking out

Okay, yours truly has a solid military background with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, medals and all, Purple Heart, but because of that other life I learned to know the truth and power of Nonviolence. And let’s say the last time you spoke your soul on the issue during the run-up to the war in Iraq, you ended up being quoted in Newsweek and the 6 o’clock news in Nashville, Tennessee, and lost your job. (Bride says it was the right thing.)

So you get another “dream” job as a highly visible member of a non-profit group that owes much to the community — as gardens manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in conservative Tennessee (they didn’t see the news.) And now you’re asked to speak again at a peace rally commemorating the second anniversary of the Iraq war. What to do now?  The answer is, “How many lives do you get to live?”

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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