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.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Summer on the Roof
Now that the dust of spring semester has settled we have gotten some seeds started on the roof of the Geography department. It is pretty cool growing vegetables on a roof surrounded by atmospheric science equipment and curtained off by the tops of trees.
Every time I go up on the roof I am reminded of how much urban space is planted in ornamentals that could be growing food (especially somewhere like a university campus). I mean, Bradford pears (a fruit tree that was developed by USDA scientists to, paradoxically, not produce fruit) are one of the most common planted trees around these parts. What's up with that?