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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Volunteers Abound!

This past spring we started a re-design of the rooftop gardens which will be completed in the fall. The green roof itself is one of the oldest in the area and is still performing admirably in the "not leaking" category. But the soil was really compacted so amending that was one of the first tasks. In the process, seeds from the compost sprouted all over the roof and we now have a veritable forest of volunteer edibles. The melons are probably the most striking:



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.

1 comment:

Elisha Boggs said...

What up Levi!? Sweet blog.

What most folks call pigweed is a little like purslane, but not nearly as gentle. Cattle and horses won't eat pigweed, which is why people hate it. Glass amaranth is the more proper name for the one folks I see call pigweed.

I think livestock eat purslane right up, tho folks def consider it a weed obviously, just not as big a pain as pigweed/glass amaranth.

They both have red meaty stems--I think that's the main commonality.

I hope you're enjoying your trip. Garden looks pretty rough, as you know. I watered it hard Monday, Wed of my shift, and we had rain Friday. Victor of climatology mowed it like Tuesday.

I tossed seven rotten cantalopes on Monday and took four home. The squash looked good, the fruit anyway, the plant was haggard in the heat.

Let's get together for real. Got a scotch ale on that's nice. And I got a few sheep/ No joke.