Rent-A-Garden

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Life is not merely being alive, but being well.
— Marcus V. Martialis

By the time you read this, I will be flying the friendly skies in search of wide open spaces.  Me and the hubs are taking a much needed vacation to Utah. I'm looking forward to being surrounded by the majestic beauty of national parks and seeing stars sprinkle the night. Everyone who I've told that we are going to Utah get's this look of pure joy on their face followed by hand gestures and screams of "you are going to love it!" So we are super excited to add another thumbtack on our travel map.

But before I go, I wanted to share some trends that I've noticed lately in my neck of the woods. My parents migrated to Miami when I was two years old and fast forward 33 years and we are all still here.  So I think I can speak with confidence when I say I've noticed a shift in the culture.   It seems like every other day there is a new farmers market, wellness event and/or delicious vegetarian restaurant opening up.  This shift towards a more healthier, holistic and sustainable life in South Florida is definitely a welcomed one.

This past weekend, we went to a preview event for an urban gardening center called Flagler Garden in Ft. Lauderdale. The Flagler Garden community created this space to provide an opportunity to lease a plot to grow your own food, herbs & flowers as well as a venue for education on green living and sustainability.

Flagler Garden Rendering

The idea of leasing a garden is ingenious for those of us, i.e. me, who don't have any land to plant fruit/veggies on.  Well, we do have a thin slice of dirt to the side of our patio where my father-in-law planted a pineapple last year but the jury is still out on that experiment. We were told that it could take up to a year to grow so I'll keep you posted.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

1. Live music- The Bonfires - these guys are supremely talented.  They switched seats and instruments without a problem. The guy on the far left is playing a Melodica. Have you ever seen one of these things?  It's a keyboard with an air tube hooked up to it. 

2. Hug Me sign - This sign is made completely out of recycled plastic bags. I got up real close and couldn't tell that it wasn't made from fabric.  The woman who made the sign also makes handbags and you can check her out on Facebook - The Trashy Spider.

3. Tower Garden - If you can't lease a plot of land, you could always set up this contraption in your backyard/patio/balcony, etc.  I couldn't believe the veggies and herbs growing out of this thing: lettuce, rainbow chard, mint, cilantro, tomatoes. Maybe if I'm really good, Santa will bring me a Tower Garden ;)

Whole Foods was the main sponsor of the event helping raise funds by selling delicious sangria.  If you would like to learn more about Flagler Garden, click here.

I'm hoping these urban gardens gain popularity and find their way to Miami. I would love for the opportunity to grow my own food and learn about the cycles of farming. Do you have any urban gardens in your community?  

Take advantage of being outside this weekend and OM the moment for your body  by visiting your local farmers market or vegetarian restaurant. Try something new. As I was writing this blog, my coworker texted me that she just tried out my recommendation for a local vegan restaurant (she's not vegan or vegetarian) and loved it.  Let's keep this trend alive! 

As I mentioned in the beginning, I'll be out of town for a week so I won't be posting any blogs until I get back. I'm making a promise to myself and my husband to be fully present in every moment.  I will post a pic or two here and there so be sure to follow me on Instagram @omthemoment or Facebook - OM the moment.

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