Lynn Garcia wrote:From what I have seen of the South the most overt racism is aimed at African Americans. The views I have heard expressed towards Hispanic/Latinos (like me) and Asians, were more subtle. Hispanics seem to have more respect among the southern whites, because they "actually work." I put that in quotes because I heard it so often while I was down there. That said most of the people I met at least made the attempt to not be rude. Most of my time was spent in cities in the South though and diversity in cities tend to push back against the overtly ugly racism. No experience with rural areas in the South but plenty of it up in the Northwest. Rural areas up here are definitely tipping the scales toward overtly racist, especially towards indigenous communities, but also towards other POC. After the civil war many Southerners moved to the Northwest to get away from the changes in the South. Their stamp is still all over the Northwest in rural communities and somewhat in the larger cities too. The American Nazi party is alive and well in this region.
I guess I am trying to say that it is everywhere in this country and there is no where that you won't see racist crap flying. Best bet is just to live your life and vocally call it out when you see it. Shame is a powerful tool so keep it sharp and be quick to put it to use.
John Todd wrote:I'm happy to say that a month ago I released a flock of attack chickens into my RS garden.
Cleanup is going well. Slugs, crickets, bugs, all going to the great garden in the sky.
Leftover tomatoes don't stand a chance, either.
In all seriousness, I have split my garden in two and fenced it all in. Right now the chooks are cleaning up this year's garden for me. They will stay there all next year while the other side gets planted. At the end of 2017, I flip them over to the other side for cleanup. Chooks on one side, gardens on the other, every year I flip.
What do they do when they are in there? Eat bugs, slugs, weed seeds, churn the hay, and poop.
Roberto pokachinni wrote:I had similar success/observations after my first year with this method. The issues with it began to develop a bit later, specifically this year when the voles and slugs began to abound in the mulch habitat. Last year the slugs and voles were bad, but now they are epidemic. This season was epic in the rain department, and my ideally damp heavily mulched raised beds were the best place for both of these species, as everything else was soaking wet. They aren't stopping me. Today I have been applying a deep layer of leaves and spoiled hay on top to hold the leaves from blowing away or drying in the wind. I'm thinking that ducks or chickens might be in order for the slugs, and some kind of predator (cat/ferret?) for the voles. Not sure when I'll get my livestock/predators though. Other work gets in the way of those commitments.
That Ruth Stout film was great. What an amazing woman. I really appreciate how she followed her inner voice. I haven't watched the next film yet. Just on lunch break now.