Assuming that this "Unraveling" continues, it seems like, for those of us with a few acres, it would be a good idea to plant food forests wherever we can--for future generations at least. Comments?
I am still eating food from plants that were started by my great-great-great grandmother...
When our canals were dug 150 years ago, the workers made a point of burying their apple cores along the banks. Many of them sprouted, survived, and are still providing fruit today. Asparagus likes growing along ditchbanks, and since that ground was unsuitable for planting crops due to being so uneven, asparagus was planted along the ditches. We no longer use the ditches having converted to a pressurized irrigation system 40 years ago, but the asparagus is still feeding my family each spring.
I collect mullein from the wildlands. No telling how long it's been growing there, hundreds of years I suppose. That was introduced from Europe.
I grow corn... That came up from Mexico around ten thousand years ago. I'm still reaping the benefits. I've tried many times to grow corns from Oaxaca, alas, they fail in my garden. But for generations they failed, and failed, and traveled a little further north from time to time until they finally became well enough adapted to grow at my place. The plant breeders continued pushing the boundaries, and today corn grows as far north as Alaska.
I still grow onions that my aunt's mother-in-law collected from my great-grandfather's farm. That's as far back as anyone's memory reaches. No telling when they were originally planted.
There is a grove of apricot trees growing where my daddy used to have his clubhouse when he was a lad. They'd pick apricots from the orchard, and climb the hill to the clubhouse, and eat the apricots, or throw them at each other. One of the pits germinated and survived, and has created a grove of apricots 65 years later.
Without opining about an unraveling, I think Joseph's post makes an important point. We can be sure of very little about the world beyond our deaths, but we can be surest of this: somebody else will walk "our" land in the future. It can be no bad thing if they find it fruitful, surely?
Dan Boone wrote:Without opining about an unraveling, I think Joseph's post makes an important point. We can be sure of very little about the world beyond our deaths, but we can be surest of this: somebody else will walk "our" land in the future. It can be no bad thing if they find it fruitful, surely?
Here's a video about one of the food forests I care for. It's in a suburban backyard. It was originally planted by someone that is long gone. So I can't claim credit for most of the trees, only for their stewardship. I had much more influence over the understory plants. When I arrived on the scene it was lawn.