…here are some things floating around my head.
Craig Goodwin noticed an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal about urban sharecropping, where a local property owner contracts with a gardener to plant, tend, and harvest a vegetable garden on the property owner’s land in exchange for a cut of the harvest. It sounds like a brilliant idea, despite the snarky tone of the WSJ. I must admit, though, that there’s a grain of truth to the stereotype of people“…whose members eschew food grown outside a 100-mile radius of their homes. With copious outputs of money and labor, locavores earn bragging rights (we put up 50 jars of beets!), complaining rights (we went without wheat all winter!) and the right to believe they are doing their part to save the planet (we support local farms by paying $10 a pound for cherries!).”
Hyperbole aside, the cultural appropriation of good, healthy food by well-heeled urbanites is problematic, and I’m working on an essay which will further address the issue.
Meanwhile, I’m currently running just within my new, enlarged budget. We’ve been shopping at The Co-Op more and taking advantage of some volume specials here and there; we also had to replenish the pantry after nearly running out of everything at the end of last month. Hopefully things will average out by the end of the month.
I’m finding out some interesting things with the price book, too. For instance, locally-sourced, natural bacon without nitrates (to which My Dear Wife is allergic) costs slightly less at the Co-Op than a national brand’s nitrate-free bacon costs at the local IGA.
There’s more, but it involves pictures, which involve the functioning camera (whose software is actually installed on my computer,) which my wife currently has (I mean the camera), so…it will have to wait.