- November 25, 2015
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by Farmer Tone
IS THANKSGIVING STORY A CONTROVERSY BETWEEN THE PILGRIMS AND INDIANS? WHAT IS HIS-STORY OF THANKSGIVING IN USA, the Indians version? I never knew until today. How about you?
DID WE ASK OURSELVES AS URBAN FARMER :Why do we celebrate thanksgiving? HERE IS WHAT I CAN SAY: It is to celebrate growing and harvesting food , then GIVING THANKS for Mother Earth for GIVING US our food FREE!Therefore the word THANKS-GIVING!How many of us who farm or garden and HARVEST, do GIVE AWAY:FOOD rather than THANKS?
I am sure we dump a lot of still EDIBLE FOOD at the dumpster, rather than GIVING it AWAY for those who are hungry!!!!! Or in another words, shall we say: It is what it is! Recycling at the landfill, rather than composting at the backyard!Take a pick!
1. The Story of Politics from FOOD Farms/ GARDEN TO KITCHEN to… Dumpster : The untold Story of food / Harvest ..is a long rather than short story!
First we have Lack of Farm land.Second we have the the lack of Access to grow food and third we have a climate change that all combined are CREATING crisis of hunger , in S.Florida and world wide.
Honestly no one wants to talk about in the mainstream media ,this gives bloggers the podium. Unfortunately they end up being you know what I mean!!!!Spanked??Sacked??Quaked??
From my point of experience as an urban farmer , after ten community gardens and more than 15 years of hands on work in S.Florida : I did not find one single raised garden , that celebrated Harvest and Thanksgiving , lasted long enough before getting developed. GIVING THANKS to Mother EARTH for what ? Losing more fertile farms for developers!!?As we speak a fight looms at one of the biggest Community Gardens in Broward, a developer is going in and gardeners out!It is Highlands Community Garden! What else?/How about the PBC AGRICULTURE RESERVE ? We are losing so many fertile lands while so many of us gardeners or urban farmers , including myself , do struggle to have access for a tiny plot/spot at a community garden or a backyard , to grow own food.Enter the UN-Paris Climate Conference .Leaders are gathering there to talk and talk and do less on regulations that cater for FOOD SECURITY or Land Access for farmers!
2. Community gardens are 90 % POLITICS!
Have you ever been a member at a local community garden? Have you noticed that POLITICS /segregation, is 90% of the daily practice?We may write and read a bright GREEN WASH landscape but in reality , it is not so GREEN.I noticed personally that MAJORITY still COMPETE and are influenced by hidden agendas, personal interests.More of practicing POLITICS than agriculture .Many flex their tongue muscles , judge and boss .Diversity is one color. Little Inclusion .Lots of EXCLUSION! A MINORITY TOILS as the MAJORITY take SPOILS!