“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Or, even better yet… EAT THEM!
That’s right, I said it.
If you can’t beat ’em, EAT ’em.
Most weeds are edible at some point in their growth. Even tumbleweeds here in the Southwest!
I have a few books that I wanted to pass on to all of you with high recommendations!
I was assigned several books to read for my Foodshed Field School Course as follows:
- Imhoff, D. (ed.). 2010. The CAFO Reader. Watershed Media.
- Franceschini, A. and D. Tucker. 2010. Farm Together Now: A Portrait of people, places, and ideas for a new food movement. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.
- Rodríguez, Sylvia. 2006. Acequia: Watersharing, Sanctity, and Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
- World Economic Forum. 2011. Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus Island Press. ISBN-10: 1597267368.
Now, a quick check on that list… The number 4 book I would NOT recommend. I read a good portion of it and it raised the hair on my neck a few times. Part of the contributors for the text are CEOs of CocaCola and Pepsi. Obvious hidden agenda with companies like that telling others how they should conserve water!! It takes over 16 gallons of water to make just one 12oz can of soda… Think about it.
The other books are good reads so far.
It was hard in the last month to actually get any reading in during the field school but I am catching up now. I am nearly done with Farm Together Now and love love love this book. The CAFO book is graphic and harsh but that never stops me from reading on. The truth hurts at times 😉 The Acequia text I have actually used as a reference before for other school works I have written.
I would recommend book number2 the most.
The book that I really want all of you to read besides Farm Together Now is:
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love.
I could not put this book down. It is so open, inspiring, and real. I always thought of myself as settling down later in life to run some sort of farm but this book has made me think why wait? It really was almost more informative that all of the texts that I was assigned during the field school. I referenced it so many times in discussions en route to new locations on our NM foodshed tour that my peers dubbed it “my bible”. I love this model though. How more connected to your food, land, love, and community can you get than this??
Read it and get inspired!
For more about the book/farm/author here are some links:
Wow!! What a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants month June was… Can I breath yet??
Hence, I have not shared this year’s garden’s progress for a bit.
Well hold onto your pantalones because it is growing fast and I am ready to share some loveliness!
E above, watering the Posole corn.
First and foremost, I must give credit where credit is due and if it wasn’t for a few of my beautiful friend’s my garden would not be the lively, thriving place that it is right now. Thank you to everyone, especially E, for helping me keep it watered through my absentee month and our no-rain-for-140-days summer! Where in the Sam-hell is our monsoon season anyhow??
The following photos were taken last weekend when I was home for two days and was able to get in some work in the garden as well as some harvesting. I gave away a bit of it and ate some delisciousness myself. I tell you what, there is nothing like the taste of fingerling potatoes and green onions fresh from the soil and straight from a wash into your pan. Those damn potatoes were so buttery tasting that I could have cried! I cannot wait for the next harvest for those.
I will be making a kale-beet salad tonight from my garden for my field school potluck wrap-up. That shall likely be equally divine tasting. I really cannot stress enough the richness of flavor that comes in food that you grow yourself.
Okay, I will stop my yapping and let you have a look-see…
The medium bed.
Flowers, tomatoes, green onions, and kale.
A yet green Roma tomato.
Row of beans sprouting well!
Giant kale loveliness!
Flowers for the kitchen window view.
Flowers in the small bed.
Box of my harvest!
Three kinds of lettuce, various greens, green onions, two kinds of basil, kale, dill, chamomile, baby beets, and fingerling potatoes.
Eat your heart out!
Whats in your front yard/back yard/windowsill garden or farm? What have you harvested lately? Whats doing well and what is not?