Homegrown Carrots


| 10/5/2011 8:44:19 PM


Tags: local food, food sovereignty, permaculture, subsistance farming, small-scale agriculture, young farmers, youth agricultural education, gardening for kids, D Acres Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead,

“Why do you keep your carrots in the dirt?” Summer Harvest 

Shoulders back, quizzical look on their faces, my little cousins demanded answers on a recent trip to my parents’ gardens down home. They were aghast at the hairy roots, and the preposterous nature of vegetable storage. Who would take carrots out of a bag and stick them in the ground? Clearly everyone must know that’s what a refrigerator is for. Their superior chuckles hinted at their dubious interior monologues.   

It took some explaining, but the concept of seeds, and sprouts, then big vegetables growing in the ground was conveyed. The words at least were understood, even if the sanity of such a process was still in question.   

I was reminded of this exchange this past week. Three of our regular visitors to D Acres Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead, all under the height of three feet and the age of five, found me planting out nursery stock. They had the same perplexed look, the same authoritarian stance upon demanding,

“Why are your hands dirty?” 



“Well, why are your hands clean?” I responded. Yup, that stumped 'em. 






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