Sunday, June 28, 2009
Mulch, Farm City and Food Inc.
All we have been doing in the garden is some much over due mulching. We should have mulched months ago. We snagged a ton of tree leaves from our neighbors bulk pick up- but it still wasn't enough. It annoys me to buy mulch when so many people are throwing away perfectly good mulchable material. But it got to the point were it was do or die. And some plants were already dying. I even took photos of our different kinds of mulch- but mulch is so unsexy. There's nothing exciting about mulching. So carrying on:
I opened Pandora's box by starting book reviews. I read another fantastic book- right up my ally- called Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. (What a fantastic name for an author. Our next daughter shall be named Novella.) She gardens in a vacant lot with bees, chickens, ducks, pigs! in ghetto Oakland. Oh god- its fantastic and funny. And made me believe I could keep bees. You should read it.
On the list of other things I highly recommend, the movie: Food Inc. I embarrassingly teared up at the beginning when they show the chickens in a feed lot. I am overly attached to our chickens. They are not bright animals but they are entertaining and give us delicious eggs. I should have known there was much worse to come. This may be one of those things you don't really want to know about- but we all have the right to know where our food comes from. We put this stuff into our bodies. It was amazing. And heartbreaking. And informative. Plus I love Michael Pollan.
Since the heat has been frying our garden there hasn't been as much to post about- hopefully watching Food Inc and reading Farm City will keep you busy in the meantime.