by William C. Michael
Fall lettuce (Romaine)Michael Family Farm Fall Gardens 2021
In North Carolina, we enjoy warm weather throughout December. At times I miss the white Christmases I grew up with, but when it comes to raising kids and staying fit, there’s nothing better than the warm, sunny weather we enjoy down south.
The best part of it is the opportunity to garden year-round. The late fall and early spring gardens are like paradise. The desirable plants grow, but the warm weather pests and weeds disappear. It’s perfect gardening weather — but the tomato sandwiches, sweet corn and fresh melons make the summer toil worth it.
Gardening, however, isn’t about growing food. We can get all the food we want at the local supermarket. Gardening, and farming in general, is valuable for the moral culture it provides a family. It provides for all of man — body and soul. Normally, as I work on the farm, I’m listening to works of philosophy or theology on my phone. Can life get any better? I don’t think so.
Raising children in an environment where there is always good work to do is more effective in teaching good morals than a million philosophy lessons elsewhere. The short-term rewards of farm and garden work can be appreciated by children and used to teach analogous lessons for adult life. It is no coincidence that so much of the teaching in Sacred Scripture is made using illustrations and analogies from the farm and garden. God designed it that way.
Best of all, the work we enjoy as Catholics in the garden and around the farm is the work we will enjoy forever. It is a happiness that we will enjoy forever.
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2
God bless your families,
William C. Michael, Headmaster