Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Don't kill it. Save it."

As summer squash, zucchinni, figs, beets, onions, artichokes, and tomatoes nourish the Davis Market Garden grounds, thoughts are already accumulating as to what to grow next season and where.

Crop rotation is like societal migrations. Pests, diseases, and weeds are controlled, just as the onslaught of new faces ensures the security of all living in a particular area. Altering various crops enriches the very ground used for nourishment, just like how changing an individual's scenery every once in a while nourishes their physicality, reflexes, and intellectual mind. And like any willing society yearning for continued existence, they will have intergenerational relationships - young and younger - just as deep-rooted crops come replaced by more fibrous ones.

These interwoven connections, furthermore, are entirely dependent on familial structures. Organic vegetable production is most efficiently rotated by different crop families. Latin is the name of the game, as knowing my fellow vegetable brethren is an enviable task - brassiacaceae, chenopodiaceae, and poaceae. Who are these relatives who've been part of me the past twenty one years? What are their jobs? Where did they come from? How do I best guest them in my body?

Which reminds me, I should give my human parents a ring.

Yo' boy rode a tractor today!

One would assume a vegan diet of grains, beans, greens, vegetables, and fruit can lead to an undernourished diet. Nope, not this summer. My stomach is evolving into a capacious cauldron of palatable nutrition. These folk know how to eat!

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