Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Em's Zen Garden

The time and energy this challenge takes is crazy. I've been doing... well, not so hot. I'd guess that I'm averaging about 50%. The one thing that is going well is that my garden is coming along splendidly. My lettuce looks... well, pretty much just like Jess's lettuce. I was harvesting a bunch yesterday and a couple things really struck me. First, I saw a tick and got really freaked out and I had to take some deep breaths. Then I saw a little tiny worm in among the harvest and lost my appetite. Suddenly, the clouds parted and all those Michael Pollan books I've read clicked into place. Food doesn't spontaneously generate in those big UNFI trucks. Food comes from dirt. Food was once part of a habitat, and in some places (like my garden) food still is habitat. Just ask my cat, she hangs out in the broccoli.
So my point today is that even though I'm not meeting my percentage goals for this challenge (yet), I have managed to make some progress on that other goal: awareness.
PS: I have tiny tiny tomatoes.


Jess said...

That's a really great point to make. Being more aware of where I food comes from is a big part of this challenge. For those of us with gardens we get to see things like the bugs or the dirt on our lettuce--things that are very much not a part of the American food consciousness.

I've heard from some people that consuming trace amounts of dirt can be good for you. Something that doesn't really occur when we get most of our produce from icy, big box supermarket shelves.

Jess said...

P.S. I found a link that might be interesting to us all about Eating Dirt.

nano said...

Next time you see a tick, you should catch it & bring it into the Market. In my home state of Indiana, those little bloodsuckers are legion, but I haven't seen one since I moved here.

I'd love to make it's acquaintance. Sure, they bother us on a deep psychological level (They're taking our precious bodily fluids!), but at the same time they're marvels of design.

Darci Alexis said...

You guys are so funny!

Nano, feel good that you haven't seen any ticks. Susie's daughter went on a hike with her school and came home with over 17 of the nasty little things on her. They exist here, that's for sure.

Jess, thanks for the dirt article. Did you know that sometimes pregnant women are compelled to eat dirt? The doctors don't know why, they think it might be from some kind of mineral deficiency. Weird, huh?