Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If there is anyone out there frustrated with the lack of posts recently (and I'm not sure there is), I can only say, "I have been busy". Kind of lame, I know, but true. We are still in a gradual planting phase, but have had plants in for long enough now that weeds are starting to become an issue. So, as we continue to sow seeds, we must also keep on top of the weeds (and the water, and the pests, and the growth patterns; we do general assessments daily now). We are using new tools now and watering frequently. We should probably start harvesting kale, chard, and collards Friday morn.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I ate the first asparagus of the year last night and the first panfish two nights ago. We continue to plant away as the mercury soars past the 80 degree mark on the first few days of April.
Right now, it seems we might skip over spring and skid directly into summer, like some kind of nightmarish ride on a sweat-soaked slip n' slide. I believe some of my friends and neighbors will be rudely awakened with more cold weather, though. I actually bet my friends over at Local Okra a pint of Terrapin that it will get below freezing again sometime in early April. I feel it in my nearly 30 year-old bones! (Actually, I just wanted to use that expression; I still feel quite spritely at 29)
After today's work, I broke ground in the hoophouse, making room for the plantings to come (after we get the plastic on, of course).