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 29, 2011
Here is a taste of our recent harvest projects (vegetable and animal):
photo credit to the peerless Ellen Madden, who also appears in the photo below
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
But luckily the okra is coming on:
And the watermelon (the vining plant covering most of the garden at ground level) looks poised for a brilliant summer finale:
Monday, July 4, 2011
So, even though their sweet potato fields were a few hours south of here - hence warmer - I thought I would repeat this Fourth of July ritual just for fun.
Hopefully they will produce before it gets too cold this fall. Being on the roof should help: it gets full sun and is surrounded by lots of concrete and metal.
But more than just a sentimental ritual, I also think that planting (and hopefully harvesting) food on the Fourth of July might be one of the most meaningful ways to celebrate independence; with all of the lobbyists, governments, and corporations trying to shape what you eat, a heaping helping of food independence is pretty radical!
Friday, July 1, 2011
But I also really like the purslane:
Considered a weed by most Americans (commonly called pigweed), purslane is also a delectable edible. It is ridiculously healthy and can be steamed, stir-fried, eaten in a salad...Most botanists argue it originated in India, and many purslane enthusiasts claim it was Gandhi's favorite food.
Gather wild edibles responsibly, by checking out lots of reputable sources.