From the Occupied Lexington Herald
Sharecropping with the 99%
Occupied Lexington-Herald News
A garden is an honest investment. Each year the tiniest of seeds sprout and grow diverse and bountiful products. Yields, while variable, nevertheless offer steady rates of return. For the most part, in the summer we can expect a Halladay Mortgage Lifter to produce large pink fleshy tomatoes, or Kentucky Half-Runner vines to tangle and produce more beans than we know what to do with. In the spring and fall, we can count on the arugula’s spicy leaves to rise from, and the Cosmic Purple carrot to slowly root itself into, the soil.
As investments go, gardens offer an alternative to the Wall Street/capitalist model of unlimited growth (known in the real world as cancerous growth). Garden investments remind us that while all currency, all seeds, experience bursts of growth and steady rates of production, they all also have natural periods of decline. We can expect to be overwhelmed with excess in the summer, to plan on scarcity in the winter, and to start the entire cycle over nearly from scratch the next spring. Continue reading »