A quick perusal of past ICF postings reveals a pattern of cat-related content. Today, this feline friend visited our CSA packing party to bless the veggies, mainly by feigning interest while directing attention back to itself. Cats.
Here are some of the humans that also participated in today's harvest. They are more pro-social than cats, and they grow great food.
Hello tomatoes and lemon cucumbers. Nice of you to join us.
A little late on the blog post, missed a week, but no worse for wear. Lots going down in the ICF realm! Cam and Jinhwa are nearing the ETA of a new family member, planting for the fall harvests is complete, and the soil could use some rain, giving our irrigation-anxiety a momentary pause.
But really, this is about the plants of ICF, who show up each week (with the gracious help of many hands!) to nourish our households fortunate enough to be part of this season's dance, which reminds me of a quote from Alice Walker (the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field
somewhere and don't notice it.”
Perhaps the same can be said for not noticing plants
in general. Consider participating in the ICF CSA as form of rapprochement!
Here are some images from this week's harvest. Of note, the intergenerational collaboration with Laval and Suho.
One of the indicators of a healthy agro-ecosystem is the presence of amphibians. Frogs (and the like), due to their larval stage dependence on aquatic habitat and fascinating mechanism for transferring oxygen from environment to circulatory system through their skin, are susceptive to chemical intensive agricultural practices, which studies in the Fraser Valley (de Solla et al, 2002) and the South Okanagan (Bishop et al, 2010) suggest are contributing to decreasing population levels in the province, even in the presence of suitable habitat. Amphibians are declining globally, and dermal (aka skin) pesticide absorption has been shown to have severe toxic effects on various amphibian species (Van Meter et al, 2015).
Point being, it's a double win to be in the presence of these beautiful creatures and feel confident that our farming practices (i.e. no pesticide use or intensive application of chemical fertilizers) are not harming the co-inhabitants of the land and water. Here's our evidence to support that claim: 3 photos from our Southlands location of Pacific Treefrogs (Pseudacris regilla), also referred to as the Chorus Frog, on three separate occasions!