Here is an article from then next issue of Touchstone (Sept/Oct 2014) by Rachel Lu. The issue mails out in a week or so.

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Rachel Lu on Growing Vegetables as a Primer in Moral Philosophy

I came late to the world of gardening. I had never grown so much as a radish until marriage and motherhood deposited me in a small, fenced backyard with an energetic toddler. At first I whiled away the hours reflecting on the academic papers I wasn’t writing. When that became torture, I used physical labor as a distraction, pulling the weeds and clearing the overgrown beds. This left me with muddy, empty spaces that demanded to be filled. Before long, I found myself wandering through garden centers and investigating plant nurseries. By midsummer, the progress of my backyard plants had become a source of endless enjoyment for me and my son.

Gardening, as I discovered, is a wonderful primer in moral philosophy. It is a clear, tangible, and literally delicious way of experiencing the progression of created beings through their natural lifecycle. A well-tended garden offers resounding, joyful affirmation of the sturdy Aristotelian principle that optimal conditions enable living things to flourish. No one is a moral relativist when fertilizing his tomatoes.

Also, Touchstone readers may be interested in this piece by Rachel Lu over at The Pleasures of Prudence: How Over-Regulation Hurts Doctors, Teachers, and All Workers