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May 15, 2014
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May 15
 

Hi everyone,

 

I would like to thank everyone who made it to the farm for Mother’s Day; it was a great day for all and we appreciate the support. The weather May be sliding downhill again but hopefully it will stabilize at a nice spring/summer level before the end of May. I feel I have a one week break here before all hell breaks loose; it gives me time to think, which is dangerous.

 

I am starting to think we might be understating the impacts of climate change. It makes it tough for deciding when to plant. We are hardening off in the cold frame all the warm weather transplants and they will be available anytime you want to pick them up at the greenhouses (members only) and at the store by the weekend.  We have plenty of lettuce and greens in six packs and perennial herbs in pots that are ready to go into the ground now. When you think about it, it is amazing how our food comes out of the dirt; non-GMO dirt.

 

I am featured in a YouTube piece: http://youtu.be/5Rx6Ygu7JTE for my advocating alternatives to sewers (the other end of the food growing process). I said my two cents at Falmouth Town Meeting on why I would explore alternatives to cleaning up estuaries before spending money on sewers but I think most people just will go with the flow sort of speak. It is tough to pick a fight with the “Establishment”. With so many things going on it is very hard for us common folk to get informed, and remain informed, on subjects that are outside of our main day to day activities. I am up to speed on oysters because I grow them and know about Biocord because we have been using that for 20 years in our greenhouses to maintain hydroponic water quality. Besides climate change and the host of related issues (energy, sewers, and beer consumption) we have the fundamental underlying problem of the transfer of wealth from the working class to the top “one percenters”. Our country has been turning into an oligarchy in the view of many which stifles innovation. Why is this important (other than the fact that I am not on the receiving end of this transfer of funds)?  The farm needs a middle class to survive (the rich elite will just go to golf courses). Of course, the alternative is to find some oligarch to sustain the farm; if you happen to know one just drop them a hint-maybe a note inside a bag of field salad.

 

There is also the Athenian technique to prevent the rise of oligarchy. From Wikipedia: “during the fourth century BC, after the restoration of democracy from oligarchical coups, the Athenians used the drawing of lots for selecting government officers in order to counteract what the Athenians acutely saw as a tendency toward oligarchy in government if a professional governing class were allowed to use their skills for their own benefit. They drew lots from large groups of adult volunteers as a selection technique for civil servants performing judicial, executive, and administrative functions. They even used lots for very important posts, such as judges and jurors in the political courts, which had the power to overrule the Assembly.” Judging based on who volunteers to run for Selectman, this lottery process may have a few shortfalls.

 

So here we are, 25 centuries later, still growing food from dirt and removing the resulting waste using clean drinking water under the oversight of a wealthy ruling class watching sea levels rise. Well, I think this ends my thinking period for the summer and reminds me why gin was invented.

 

Farmer Ron

 

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