The Scoop

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, July 20, 2010

California or Bust...?

Back in New Mexico after an aborted roadtrip to California, I now have the nervous habit of testing locks for their ability to unlock prior to entering a bathroom. That's right. My virgin voyage to California was derailed by false imprisonment in a state park outhouse. The view from the canyon rim was nice, but unfortunately I couldn't set my gaze on it from the outhouse.

If you have ever been in a desert latrine you will understand that I was as concerned about the ailments I might catch from the swarming flies as I was worried about again seeing the light of day. After pounding on the door for 15 minutes, some ATV'ers eventually drove up with a toolbox and were more than happy to help me destroy state property. They took the pins out of the hinges on the outside of the door and I then kicked it down from the inside. In that brief moment as boot struck metal, I not only secured my reentry into the world but also relieved my claustrophobia-induced anxiety.

This brief detour through the outhouse was not to be the final hurdle on my journey, however. Car trouble struck my accomplice and I near Flagstaff, AZ. I decided to call the ill-fated perambulation to an end, boarded a Greyhound bus and headed back to Thoreau and the known variables of my growing operation. Despite the shortened trip, I could still notice change in the vegetables. Farm update soon...

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