Vegetable Anarchy

I’ve been thinking about what we’re intending to do, farmishly, and I think that a lot of my drive has to do with eating.  We spend a lot of effort (both in income-generating paid-work hours and in sourcing) to get good-quality food.  Good food is important, because we make ourselves out of what we put in our mouths, and I don’t want to have a useless finger made out of cheezy-poofs.  Or children made out of misery-bacon, which I suspect cannot avoid making them more prone to whining.

All joking aside, I think that the more energy and intention we put into our food, the healthier it will be.  We’ve mastered the first step towards intentional eating, which is cooking good food for ourselves.  The next step would be sourcing food grown by someone that puts a little bit more than the standard industrial practice into their food production, and we’re working on that.  Third, growing for ourselves as much as is reasonable, which is where we are planning to go.

The fourth is something that is pulling at me a little, right now.  I am planning to experiment with letting the plants decide where they grow, like Fukuoka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanobu_Fukuoka) does.  He spreads a mixture of food-plant seed in various different places, and lets plants come up in glorious profusion.  I bet that adding plant intentionality will make for healthier food, because the intrinsic wisdom of the seed would know better than me where a plant would grow best.  With animals, this would look like shifting pastures frequently, and planting things that the animals like so they can choose their own food.  We’re going to sort out some basic systems, first, but I hope to be playing around in this arena soon.

It might be fantastic… or we might end up learning to eat scotch broom.  Good thing we’re not planning to have a market garden.  Vegetable anarchy!

8 thoughts on “Vegetable Anarchy”

  1. plant intentionality , letting them decide where to grow…
    Neat idea! I see the logic. Can’t wait to watch it all happen (and help where invited, of course)!

  2. I think Scotch Broom is not as tasty as Scotch Eggs. Meanwhile, entering into a partnership with the veggies sounds only fair, plus maybe they’ll tell you something about the soil. Interesting!

    1. I bet I’ll learn lots! Fukuoka took years, figuring out what he called “no work farming” (though it’s definitely not no-work) for his piece of land, and while I can try some of the things that he tried part of the point of that style of farming is that it’s different on every farm.

  3. Something to think about is sale-ability. We grow amazing artichokes with little effort which produce a LOT of artichokes! And have you seen the price of artichokes in the store? 2.49 each just now. :0)

    1. I love artichokes, and they’re perennial, which puts them on the definitely-must-try list. We’re not really considering full-on market gardening, though; it’s too much work for too little return. If we raise all kinds of foodish things in glorious profusion in a bunch of different spots, we can rotate pigs through each spot and let them choose their own food (more intentionality!), Next, sell glorious bacon. That’s the initial plan, anyways, but we’re open to something else if that doesn’t work.
      (I wonder if pigs like artichokes..?)

  4. Property viewings are afoot. Potential places in Chilliwack next weekend, followed by 6 or more properties on the Island as we attend Victoria’s GottaCon and try and hook up with a dog breeder in Sooke (Make that ferry fare worthwhile!!). We shall see – not terribly impressed with the comprehension or work skills of realtors recently…..

    Would love to talk to you about living/farming on a floodplain, and working to repair and transform ‘horse property’ (read poorly managed and overgrazed/overcompressed lawn) with fencing only good for lazy horses….and no wildlife habitat as far as the eye can see.

    I agree that market gardening doesn’t really pay – looking more at garlic, honey, eggs and possibly heritage breeding stock and nursery plants as they become excess to our needs. Hoping ideally to barter with other small producers for the things that their land produces in abundance.

    1. Jeremy is going to GottaCon, so hopefully you guys can meet up!

      We like our realtor, if you are looking for a good one. She’s based in Sooke, farms llamas, and isn’t averse to stomping through the underbrush to show you a property thoroughly. And she’ll do all kinds of homework on properties for you, too, if you look like you’re serious. I’m not sure she’d want to drive way up-island, but you can ask. Stacy Scharf: http://www.staceyscharf.com/.

      I’d love to spin ideas with you, both about the property we end up buying and the ones you’re looking at. Thinking works better when talking to someone that knows what you’re aiming for, I find.

      Sounds like your plan is like our plan! The planet needs regeneration and care, but so do our brains; market-gardening is a ton of work and not much to show for it. And, if market gardening ever does become something that people value enough to pay farmers a living wage, we’ll both be set up.

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