These last 3 weeks have been awesome but I’m not here to talk about all the fun little things I’m doing to keep myself entertained. Always busy busy busy and learning learning learning. What have I learned? Well. I do not want to be part of any intensive vegetable farming. It is actually very frustrating! It is amazing the food that is considered “defective” because it has a blemish on it when it is perfectly good to eat. It actually really eats at me. Sitting here and harvesting bushels and bushels of basil and throwing half of it out because it has brown spots, or chard thats not good enough because a bug ate a hole in it. It reminds me of the Spartan days when they threw out their “defective” babies into a pit due to blemishes and deformities.
Okay, okay, maybe a strong metaphor…but seriously do you realize how much food we’re wasting? You go into a store and every 5 tomatoes one is wasted, every bunch of basil…half is thrown out. Every potato another is composted. Fuck! There’s not much you can do about it either. And then the tilling is still happening because there are no programs to subsidize or assist farmers going into regenerative status, they are just left on their own to do it. The organizations that were meant to fund programs that feed farmers with regenerative resources, including the Canadian government, have debunked and dropped out and its just not happening. I dont even know whats going on in the US politics of agriculture. Did you know there are “organic approved chemicals”? From replantable.com “Organic means that the produce was grown according to USDA guidelines, which cover what kind of pesticides, herbicides, and farming practices can be used when growing organic produce.” And I know this is true because both American and now Canadian farmers have told me about it. I’ve seen it for myself and now you’re reading it. Didn’t you think organic meant pesticide free or am I the only idiot here? So even organic farms are spraying their crops. Awesome. So organic means whatever the USDA says it to mean (and same for the agriculture administrations of other countries) and that definition is apparently very fluid and appears to be whatever suits them best. Again….awesome. The base of the chemical is natural and not harmful to humans….at least the one thats used on this one farm in Canada that I’m on. Who know’s what else is “approved.” Organic dairy farms lobby politicians to get chemicals approved to give their cows because the cows wont be productive enough without it…so it gets approved. Nobody really knows whats going on but I guess thats what They want. Anyways…this spray chemical kills all the bugs and animals. the ladybugs, grasshoppers, the toads and spiders. Organic is not as ecologically friendly as one might think. And its sprayed to maybe kill one type of bug and then kills a thousand. Man, if people knew what they were paying for at the store they might start their own gardens. You go in and would just buy the 3$ box of blueberries instead of the 6$ box of blueberries because its cheaper but the 3$ box is 3$ because its farmed by slaves. We have our Mexicans in the US and probably others and Canada has people coming from Jamaica, Indonesia, the Dominican and Mexico as well. Its a fucked up system, man. These guys are working 16 hours a day for 6 months on a farm. If you could just taste what that feels like you’d feel a different type of way…and you feel like a slave at your job, right? Fuck. But I’m not here to tell you the “dont feel down on yourself because there are people worst off and you’re so lucky” speech….I’m just telling you what I know and what I’ve seen. So, anyways, you inherently start rallying and say “Let’s change it!” but the “slaves” that are coming to farm…they take the money back home to their families and would say they’re better off for it. So what are you really changing? Who are you really helping? Its a fucked up system man and they got you by the balls so I guess just buy the 3$ box of blueberries and buy a beer with it to drown the feelings. And if I had advice it would be this…just because you’re getting paid doesn’t mean you’re not a slave.
Im not sure what to do about all that but there it is. Im turning my focus more intently into regenerative farming and reforestation. There’s a unique opportunity in Mexico we are reaching out to as well as some other opportunities in Canada that are seeming very attractive. Food forest, anyone? 😉 We are going to reforest a piece of land and live from a personal garden and foraging as well. We also want to offer workshops for education on living for the land and have a huge focus on meditation and music and arts for the healing of people while healing the land. We are not sure how to sustain ourselves financially through that time period while the Food Forest is growing but we know that it will come to us whatever it is. It is definitely something because we are talking about It. Get It? haha 😉 love you guys. I would apologize for the intensity but you know as well as I it’s not required.