By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – We do a virtual garden tour today, Earth Day, in the backyard of Filipino leader Ann Constantino Beck, who has committed herself to be a farmer to ensure that she and her family are eating organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. Going organic is a way to heal the Earth, and to heal people as well, as the global call for Earth Day 2020 puts it.
In her Forest Hills home in Queens, we take a look Ann’s garden which sprung to life in 2019. Today, because of the stay-home pandemic protocol, she has just started to plant some seeds.
Ann, an artist and actress, is the president of the JCI New York and the founder of the International Women Artists group.
She has this to say: “I appreciate the benefits of growing my own fruit and vegetables in my yard. I grow my food organically, without pesticides and herbicides, sparing the earth from unnecessary air and water pollution.
The plants I’ve grown myself taste much better than what I can buy at the grocery store. It reduces stress and is a great workout.”
Celebration of Earth Day takes us back to 50 years ago. On April 22, 1970, Americans took to the streets out of concern for toxic wastes that polluted rivers and seas and for the loss of wildlife. The political movement grew and no we are down to this: taking individual responsibility and action to heal the Earth and one another.
Be inspired by Ann’s garden. Let’s take a tour.