On March 10, 2019 I began sending you messages about gardening, children, and schools. There have been 33 posts on Carrot Day Massachusetts since then. In 40% of them the word soil appears. These posts have been centered on me and the Hull Garden as I tell the story of building the soil to produce food for family and friends. I want us to grow and eat really good carrots and have that process be a gateway to growing and eating a great many fabulous vegetables. The idea is to inspire us to care about our food and to embrace practices that can be a part of the change that is needed to continue to have a beautiful world. There have been so many who have helped me tell this story with over fifty schools and hundreds of carrot growers sharing tales and pictures.
The central idea of Carrot Day Massachusetts is to build a community. Having access to land is a privilege and for those of us who have that access we can grow our own food. While growing that food we can build soil to produce health.
Soil has been at the center of Carrot Day from the start but every once in a while the scientific level of this blog is elevated when Dr. Laney Seigner writes for us. Three of the bogs have featured Laney and her wisdom about regenerative farming, building healthy soil and carbon sequestration.
My daughter Cleo, a dear friend of Laney’s, just sent me a podcast where Laney was interviewed. I want to share it with you because it is all about soil. Soil has been the core of this project. We grow carrots to inspire our children and ourselves to develop the soil to grow the food. I love thinking of soil and community as analogous. Healthy communities produce healthy people, healthy soil produces healthy food. In this podcast Laney passes on this short and potent saying, “healthy soil means healthier food and healthier people.”
Here is the podcast that tells some of the story of being the change we want to see in the world, one garden plot at a time.
Carrot grown in Jenny’s Garden in Vermont that has already had frost, I was told it did not last long on that windowsill.
Frost kissed carrots from Rob’s garden and the October 30th harvest from 41 Western Ave in Hull.
It is getting close and some of you have already had frost. I expect I will be writing you again in early December after we have celebrated Carrot Day here in Eastern MA. Please email me your pictures of your Carrot Day Celebrations to email@example.com
Be well and grow food if you can, Ted