It seems impossible to me that one could experience growing something from a single seed and not come face to face with an overwhelming sense of gratitude when that seed turns into a bountiful overflow of goodness. It is a magical experience to watch a plant's life cycle and then be nourished by that plant be it by actual consumption or a sensory experience.
We live in a world built on now, we want fast food, can't stand waiting in line, text instead of talking, use DVRs to skip commercials and on it goes. Being a totally impatient person since my youth, I don't typically like waiting. However, I learned early on that mother nature will not be rushed.
One of the things I've gained from growing good food at home is a deep respect for the soil. This brief video from Michael Pollan really resonates with me.
There's a good amount of science to soil but let's keep it simple. The basic components of soil are organic matter, minerals and organisms.