The Environment and The Pandemic: Gardening and Growing Food
The pandemic led some to immerse themselves in gardening as a way to cope with the stress of the pandemic and to provide a way to get out of their house. Fears about food shortages resulting from disruptions in supply chains and hoarding, concerns about exposure to the virus by going to the grocery store and restaurants, and reduced financial resources for those who lost their jobs led many to grow their own food. Gardening helped people forge a stronger connection with the environment, combat stress, and eat healthier. The movement towards growing one’s own food may be a positive legacy of the pandemic.
The pandemic led some to think of their ancestors and how they fed themselves, while others helped foster communities by sharing their garden bounty.