Sure, a garden gets you the freshest of vegetables and taste alone would be reason to start one--there's nothing like an heirloom tomato still warm from the sun; even lettuce has a ridiculous amount of flavor when it goes from backyard bed into the bowl. But there are bonuses with gardening that go much, much deeper.
Last week, we were at a friends' house for dinner when talk turned to the Cooking for Solutions conference I was headed to at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "It's about exploring ways to create a more sustainable food chain," I said. Brows went up. Heads tilted. And finally the question was asked: "What, exactly, does sustainability mean?"