Posts Tagged ‘land use

14
Jan
11

Where does breakfast come from?

A great summary of major environmental issues, from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, 1949:

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

I found A Sand County Almanac through Patricia Klindienst’s The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans, which has a lot more in it about land use, land distribution, and farm displacement, and migration than I ever imagined when I first checked it out of the library. Things I’m thinking, and writing, about, lately. The connection to A Sand County Almanac was the epigraph Klindienst chose for her book: “To change ideas about what the land is for is to change ideas about what anything is for.”

As you can imagine, these two books, and the seed catalogs recently delivered in the mail, have got me hankering for a little plot to cultivate. Unfortunately, all of the community gardens around here have waiting lists at least two years long–more often five or ten. Salvation may come in the form of John, Sarah, and Brigitte, who are moving to the Mission from Boston tomorrow, into a wonderful house complete with a back courtyard perfect for a container garden. I am going to propose to be their serf.

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