Grow and Tend to a Garden
Genesis tells us that God put the first humans in a garden so that they could “till it and keep it” (2:15). While our role as keepers of God's garden involves being good stewards of all that God has created, summer gives us the opportunity to till and plant an actual garden. Many gardeners do a lot of their tilling and planting in the spring, but there are plenty of vegetables—such as beets, turnips, and several varieties of beans—that you can plant well into June. Some leafy veggies have a second growing season beginning in late summer.
Tending a garden provides your household a supply of fresh, healthy, and environmentally friendly vegetables. It also gives you a sense of the work that goes into growing and harvesting the produce that is so conveniently and inexpensively available at supermarkets. If your garden takes off, you can share the fruits of your labor with others.
If you don't have the land or the resources to till a garden of your own, volunteer to work in a community garden. Community gardens usually occupy a public space in an urban neighborhood and give residents of the neighborhood (particularly low-income residents) access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Many groups that till and keep community gardens draw inspiration from scriptures such as Leviticus 19:9–10 and Deuteronomy 24:19–20, which instruct farmers not to pick a portion of their harvest and to leave these fruits and vegetables for the “poor” and the “alien.”