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    Posted April 22, 2012 by
    Bellerose, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    From garden to table

    Growing closer together


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mterenzi and his father are growing lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, string beans, parsley, oregano, cilantro, basil and rosemary. He says he is looking most forward to the lettuce. 'I've never eaten home grown lettuce and I'm looking forward to trying it. I'm also curious to see if a local rabbit will eat it,' he says. 'The exciting part is starting from something so small. There's a pride that comes from nurturing a seedling up to an edible plant.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    My father retired this year. Growing up his job demanded long hours during the week. This transition into a new stage of his life felt like an opportunity. I felt like I had the chance to get to know my dad. The plan was simple. This year we decided to grow a vegetable garden from seeds. Throughout the cold dark winter months we spoke about what we'd like to try growing. We talked about how much space we would need in the yard. We planned out our little garden together. A father and a son, looking forward to the warm green months of Spring. Stories about my great grandfather's farm would bubble up here and there. Already our little seedlings have sprouted. We both have a tray in our windows. Small and spindly, the tiny sprouts seem frail. But they hold so much promise for tomorrow. I missed my dad for a long time. But our little vegetable garden has already done so much to help us grow closer together. Sometimes getting back to your roots really involves roots. I can't wait to see what the summer brings.
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