On my third day at the allotment, I was back at my task of digging out my patch of grass. I found it to be very rewarding work, for it is land that should have things growing on it, but, for whatever reasons, it has been overgrown. I feel that leaving the land as is, would be a waste, and unsustainable.
I believe that this perhaps is a task that would not perhaps be accomplished if it were not for myself. I think that the allotment is a very busy operation and, without the influx of new volunteers (myself) there is not exactly a surplus of people willing to reclaim this plot, so it is very rewarding to think about that too.
As I am a Dickinsonian, I am also thinking about sustainability, the main goal behind the Grown-Our-Own allotment. It is easy to lump things together under the meaningless label of “green,” but I think sustainability is something different. It is a process that is not taxing and can be repeated over and over again without harming the environment. At the allotment, this is very true. The allotment could exist growing organic vegetables for years without harming the environment.