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.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Desert Smells Like Rain
As you can see, the rainy season has started here in the high desert. Over the past week we have had showers dancing across the horizon almost daily. It has resulted in only thirty minutes of rain, though, as most of the clouds skirted our perimeter. I read recently that the Papago Indians - who hail from what is now the US/Mexico borderland - refuse to talk about the likelihood of a rain shower, seemingly because of the kind of unpredictability we have been experiencing recently.
Despite the fact that most of this rain has side-stepped our crops, they are really starting to take off. The few showers have helped. It is warmer at night now, around 45 degrees on average. The occasional clouds are providing a little respite from the scorching sun, too.
Tomorrow is the 4th of July rodeo in Grants, NM, so I must go take care of last minute chores...more soon.