The COVID-19 pandemic has created panic for some and a positive outlook for others. While we are at home and have quarantined ourselves, there are those that look at this pandemic as an opportunity to use their innovation. It’s time to create and reinvent ourselves to become self sustaining for our food supply. Recently, a neighbor reminded me of a quote by Alfred Henry Lewis in 1906 that states, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy”, published March 1906 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.  Our present situation with the pandemic has presented us with challenges we thought we would never see in our lifetime. We have learned what essential really is and what its not. Food source is on the top of the list for ourselves and our families. It’s the one commodity that can’t be postponed for too long. Nine meals is 3 days of food and there has already been an interruption of that. Our current status is making many rethink and start to create their own garden. Our local Fort Pierce celebrity, “Gardening with Goo“, who had been way ahead of the game living off the land, has inspired many in his neighborhood to grow their own food for self- sufficiency. Cory Goowatitdew aka “Gardening with Goo” became popular because the Facebook Group with 20,000 members watched his garden grow daily starting in September 2019 from his posts shared by the Administrator, Heather Owenby. An unknown member of the FPC group then shared it to the social media discussion website Reddit. Cory’s Facebook posts went viral and by January, he was getting calls from all kinds of media newspapers and TV stations. Goo’s rap singing videos captured around his plants, took root on social media and grew interest that crossed all generations and race. It caught the attention from Heather Owenby who grew up in Fort Pierce and runs the active Facebook group, Fort Pierce Connection. She lives in North Carolina, but became a fan and follower of Goo’s fun loving posts. Heather admits that the “Gardening with Goo” campaign indeed helped spread the trend and encouraged her husband and daughter to be involved in their own “Coronavirus” gardening project. She shares their progress on the Facebook Fort Pierce Connection group to keep the motivation for others going. You can find the group by clicking this link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Connectingtoftpierce/


A few weeks ago, I was outside getting some fresh air and noticed my neighbor, Richard building boxes for a garden. He previously served in the Coast Guard for 10 years. Now he’s home and has time to help his family start a home garden. Richard is just another example of working the land and living off of it. The 2020 gardening interest is growing because of the Corona virus pandemic which has forced our communities to go back to basics for survival.

The plus for those that nurture a garden and spend the leisure time in the beautiful outdoor space, is they can relax and appreciate it. Today we are all looking for peace and tranquility as we navigate this new normal during the “stay safe at home” orders. The only problem currently in growing a home garden is finding seeds. So, the question is, how will your garden grow?

Do you need help getting started ? The Green Thumb Gang has their own Youtube channel. Check it out below.

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Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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