Spare Time

So I was trying to put together an article urging people to consider growing food in their spare time, when something stuck me.

“Spare time”–what does that mean?

It seems sensible to think of “spare time” as the time we have left after we’ve finished completion of all tasks necessary for our survival. And what is more necessary for survival than eating?

Of course most of us trade our labor for money, which in turn we trade for food.  We wouldn’t consider the time we spend working at our wage-paying jobs as “spare time.” So why should producing our own food (and thereby cutting out a multitude of middlemen) be something relegated to our “spare time”?

So I’ve decided not to advocate gardening in our “spare time.”

Spare time is the time we spend watching TV or on Facebook.

Time spent producing food is not “spare time.”