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Becoming Farmer McGregor

By Sustainability Interns | January 8, 2015

Dear Reader,
I’ve decided I’m going to start addressing these blogs to you, Reader, because I feel it gives them much more purpose when I feel like I am actually talking to someone and not sending words off into the abyss that is the internet. Also, I think you’re pretty cool, Reader, and you deserve to be addressed.

Our little strawberries and just about everything else in the garden, have popped out of the ground much faster than we had anticipated! And boy, are they wonderful! I mean, this, this, is what strawberries are supposed to taste like. This also means harvesting time is inching in on us. This is exciting stuff as I’ve always wanted to be a farmer (you know, with the overalls and boots and a loyal dog to round up all my sheep…I digress) and, despite the actual zero knowledge I do have about the craft, I can at least say that I’ve harvested something I’ve planted. Hooray!

While I joke about my scrappy savoir when it comes to the art of growing food, I do think about it often. It’s almost as if there’s a disconnect—like I don’t know the first thing about something so central to my existence—to the history of people, for that matter—food, and how it works. I certainly don’t think I’m alone; a lot of college students like me are in the same boat. We know that tomatoes are in aisle two and that chicken comes from the frozen foods section, but do we really know what it takes to get food on our plate? I don’t want to speak for you, but I certainly don’t—not totally, at least. For almost my entire life, I’ve thought that oranges were a summer fruit! And, I don’t want to get too Thoreau on you here (though I think I’m a little late in asking for permission), but I often wonder if it’s because of this concept that knowing has become obsolete. When we’ve got everything man has ever discovered on these little tiny computers in our back pockets, why would we have to know things like why it’s good to plant marigolds with our tomatoes or why some trees need to be pruned at certain times of the year? These are all lofty and preachy questions, I know. But when I’m in the garden, I feel like that gap bridges itself a ten-thousandth of an inch each time. That little computer in my back pocket is put away and I don’t need to google how to take care of Iris, because I’m working side-by-side with a real live person from my own community who’s done it for years and now I know. That’s what makes the R’Garden so unique. Knowing isn’t obsolete here.

In other news, since we weren’t expecting to pick produce for Dining until Winter Quarter, we donated what was harvested over Christmas break to local food banks and other non-profit organizations to prevent food waste. Happy New Years!
Yours truly,
Alana Ivy

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One Response to “Becoming Farmer McGregor”

  1. Mary Guess Says:
    January 8th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Isn’t it the best feeling in the world to grow your own food?


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