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.
Friday, July 9, 2010
The Thunder Rolls
The crops have responded already. I firmly believe that rain is better for plants than irrigation; they do, after all, derive from entirely different sources. Gary Nabhan finds in his studies of traditional agriculture in the Southwest that many "old-school" farmers in this most arid of environments don't consider groundwater to be true water. Water falls from the sky.