“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.” —Amish Proverb
The Amish have always had a very close kinship with the earth, growing both food and plants for sustenance, sustainability, and as an enjoyable hobby. Gardening becomes an expression of faith – seeds planted with hope grow into wondrous reflections of God’s bounty and provision.
When Hope Miller is offered the plot of land behind her sister’s pie shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance. Finally—some space away from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should grow and how she should grow it…
Hope’s dream of just having a quiet place to garden, and maybe a family in a few years, seemed small in comparison, but the more she prayed about it, the more she decided that God could orchestrate a way for her to see her small dream fulfilled too. She didn’t need a bustling pie shop, just a small plot of land. Her dream was much simpler, but that didn’t make it any less important. Just as God created a variety of plants to grow in a garden, God had a variety of dreams He planted in hearts. She had no doubt a loving God had good plans—a fruitful harvest—for each person, whether big or small.
Hope couldn’t believe the difference that a week could make. Nine raised garden beds had been built, and they were filled with rich, dark soil.
The raised beds were two feet high and made with concrete bricks. They were perfect. The soil was perfect. The warm breeze carrying on it the aroma of salty sea air even seemed perfect today.
Her sister Lovina swept her hand toward the pipes leading away from the raised beds. “The best part is they put in an irrigation system. One of the local fellows made it so it’ll be easy to water the vegetables. All of the beds will get at least six hours of sunlight, just as you asked for.”
Hope clasped her hands together. “I can see it all now. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and melons—the fruiting crops—can be out there where they can get as much full sunlight as possible. Then the broccoli, collards, cabbage, and most of the leafy crops can be here—closer to the building—where they can get more shade.”
Hope walked to the nearest raised bed. She took a handful of dirt and let it slide through her fingers.
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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A bestselling author, Tricia has published 50 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com, FortheFamily.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.
Sherry Gore is the author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking and Me, Myself and Pie and is a weekly scribe for the national edition of the Amish newspaper The Budget. Sherry’s culinary adventures have been seen on NBC Daytime, Today.com, and Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Sherry is a resident of Sarasota, Florida, the vacation paradise of the Plain People.
She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church.
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