Thursday, 20 May 2010

rain stops play

This is the month of thunderstorms and heavy rain showers. This morning I had planned on transplanting tomatoes and basil from here on the farm over to the kindergarten. But the rain is lashing down and would gladly smoosh any new transplants so I'm waiting it out cooking up dog food and browsing the web. The following is an extract from the Roots of Change site, from a report from the Kellogg Foundation Food and Community Conference:

  "(T)he need for deeper research on the biological realities underlying health is clear and exciting. The research findings related to secondary plant metabolites (plant properties beyond the carbohydrates typically discussed for their impact on nutrition) provide a pathway for humans to understand the synergistic or relational nature of ecosystems, plants and human health. We need more variety in our diets from a diverse set of plants that emerge from deeply healthy ecosystems. Diets rich in plant diversity will ensure that our cells receive the full spectrum of nutrition that evolution has made available to us."

I feel especially inspired by the phrases "relational nature of ecosystems, plants and human health", and, "plants that emerge from deeply healthy ecosystems": it sounds like change is coming!

Thank you to all those who responded to the last post. The holes are slowly closing up, hurrah!


  1. Oh-h-h...the bottles of homemade vanilla extract from your farm...I am so excited for you! Is this an every year thing or something new?
    I love the idea of growing vanilla. If we ever get a chance to return to farm in Costa Rica I will beg the Farmer for horticulture lessons on vanilla and pepper growing.I don't know if they will grow on the Pacific side but I sure would like to try it!

  2. Hi

    I live part time in panama where i operate bambu hostel in david panama we suggest that tea which is cheap and easy to get here for our guests that are not feeling so well, it seems to be a cure all and by the way has a very bitter taste which means that it is good for you..


thanks for sharing!