This weekend I went out to the Overtown community garden project, spearheaded by the Miami-based nonprofit permaculture design company Inhabit Earth. At the site, there are loads of compostable bags filled with soil for annual plantings along with extensive mulch rows for future food forest style plantings. A kind, wise woman named Lily takes care of the shaded nursery area of the property where all the future garden residents are currently being incubated. There are over 90 lemongrass pots, 200+ malanga, and an assortment of other herbs and tubers that will populate the long mulched rows set up by volunteers weekend after weekend here. I’m sure the ecology of the garden will be abundant and beautiful. The biggest need that the garden has, besides water, is the people to meet our fellow plants and soil. Continue reading “Gollum Shows Frodo the Way into Overtown”
Hearts slough their way
Through the hypnotized haze
Embalming us in a feverish daze,
Alone, gazing at the psychosis.
In the past: humans maximized the caloric output of the land which temporarily produced surpluses but became a slipping phenomenon of diminishing returns and a steady loss of soil health. Even today, we continue to beat this path with more mechanization and inputs in the belief that this is the only way to “feed the world”. Continue reading “Food Futures”
Tonight, I had the honor of attending a Slow Food Miami gathering where I was able to explore the organization and meet locals interested in the local food environment. It was hosted by prominent local chef Allen Susser who presented a simple home-grown vegetable and dip buffet with various dishes appearing throughout the night. There was even basil pineapple ice cream, though a part of me longed for the good old days of mint chocolate chip. I met several interesting people involved in the local growing scene, including the Worm Whisperer (whom we have not seen the last of on this journey) and Gabe of Seasons Farm Fresh, a distributer of local and Latin American fruit. Both shared their own perspective and insights into the local Miami food system, which I’ll share in future blog posts. Continue reading “Slow Food Miami”