Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

Growing gardens and growing girls

Today, we hosted some foster children at The Gentle Barn, Tennessee. We welcomed Spring by planting vegetables in the garden. The teens brought dirt to life, connected with Mother Earth, learned about nutrition, and spent some time away from their troubles enjoying themselves, feeling like kids again, and having fun.

When shaken and distressed, tomatoes yield more fruit. When cut, lettuce grows back bigger, stronger, and sweeter. This is exactly the same as these kids. Because of their abusive pasts, they have been shaken, distressed, and cut down. Through their struggles and pain, they have grown stronger, more powerful, more aware, and more determined. Because of their challenges, they will know who they are and will have great purpose and much to give the world.

Over the next few months, the garden will grow and offer up broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, and many other treasures. The foster kids will grow as well, cultivating self-awareness and hope for the future.

While they were here, the teens got to hug Dudley, of course, and get a much needed dose of unconditional love and healing energy to maintain them until next month when we get to see them again.

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We have chosen to work with The Gentle Barn over the years because we have been able to personally see how much love, care and dedication Ellie and Jay’s team give to their mission. I really feel like they are kindred spirits, and I am always so proud to be a part of anything they do. It is rare for people to have an opportunity to look a cow in the eyes, give it a hug and see that this is a sentient being. It is meaningful work. --Brook Harvey-Taylor