By Amy Kuperinsky April 22, 2020
“I just want people to embrace the food and understand how important it is to grow your own food, especially now,” she says.
During the coronavirus pandemic, a time when death, illness and uncertainty dominate headlines, gardeners nurture life. Hope may spring eternal, but so will certain plants. For New Jersey gardeners, the hobby can provide both.
Abdullah and others with green thumbs prove the state lives up to its nickname. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, planting produce, greenery and flowers (and thoroughly washing those hands when they’re done). When most people are expected to stay at home and many remain glued to screens, gardeners get outside, connecting with nature on their patches of earth. The fruits of this discipline are nourishment, a change of scenery and much-needed stress relief.