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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My 15 Minutes

So, there happened to be some reporters along on the farm tour I led last week, and a friend of mine called early Sunday morning to tell me that the stories were hot off the press. The tour made the front page of the Oconee Leader (although, it came in third behind stories about Veteran's Day and Halloween celebrations). bittersweet.

While the online story reported that I "waxed poetic about the virtues of organic farming" (which might be a bit of an over-statement), the paper edition honed in on the most deserving, and respected, subject: "Loki, Van Sant's dog, ran and romped throughout the tour, and was rewarded for his energy and antics by numerous hugs and lots of petting, especially from the middle school students."

Who could blame 'em...?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

All Flesh is Grass

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man {sic} as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. - Peter 1:24.

I am always in Georgia when the desert cottonwoods turn yellow, but luckily the seeds we sowed in mid-August are doing well. My good friend Mike sent me this photo from our summer basecamp in New Mexico recently. The vegetable beds are near the fork in the road, and the cover crops ne withereth pas!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Farm City Tour

Late last week I had the opportunity to lead a tour of the Farm 255 vegetable operation, which was arranged through the Agribusiness Committee of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. As it is mostly between growing seasons, it was a good opportunity to talk about crop rotation and cover crops.

Judging by the number of questions, there was lots of interest in the farm-to-table model and organic growing in general. Several people said they would go try out the restaurant, and I sent a couple of wide-eyed youngsters home with some eggplant for the frying pan (or baking sheet, or grill-top, or sauce pan, or...)

Thanks to Thomas Verner for organizing the tour and providing the above photos