Howard Magazine - Page 41 - Home Grown (4)

Howard Magazine
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Home Grown (4)

of seed is nothing compared to what those tomatoes are worth.”


Sometimes, during harvest, Phillips will hark back to the 1970s when he began growing food as a means of feeding his family healthy fare.


“I have pictures of my kids, when they could barely walk, sitting between the rows, playing with worms or picking broccoli and eating it,” he said. More recently, his 5-yearold grandson spotted the ferny tops of some carrots and tugged at Phillips’ shirt.


“Pop-Pop, what’s this?” “Carrots.” “Where?” “Underground.”


The boy dug in, pulled out a 6-inch golden root, brushed off the dirt and crunched away. Buried treasure, his granddad thought — and smiled. Another generation in tow.