Today The Catholic Gentleman posted my article “Gardening as Medicine for Millennials, and the Rest of Us,” as the last installment of my series Why Everyone Should Garden.

“The literature on millennials is extensive. And I have not read it. But as a college professor, I have lived and worked with them day in and day out for many years. More and more I realize that I face the same challenges they do.

I offer no precise diagnosis of the problems millennials face. It is obvious that the current cultural climate has serious consequences for all of us—though often more serious for those who have known nothing else. We experience disintegration and disconnection; we are distracted and bored. We form addictions. We are often not at peace.

For years I have suggested to my students that they start a garden over the summer. This year I am going to be more insistent. Gardening is not, in my judgment, just one healthy hobby among many others. Rather, I am convinced that this is the strong medicine directly fitted to address our worsening ailment…”

Keep reading

Why Everyone Should Garden Mini-Series

I. Why Everyone Should Garden: A Series

II. Gardening Teaches Humility and Prayer

III. Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic

IV: Gardening Provides Self-Sufficiency, or at least Self-Reliance

V: Gardening and Millennials

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