there wasn’t enough wind to winnow, so we created cross-breeze with a fan and prepped sunflowers for seeding. off went the chaff, in went the seed. can’t wait to be eating the stuff we’re seeding! sunflowers beautiful beyond belief will wave in many a breeze unfabricated. these old-world practices such as scything, plowing, seeding and winnowing are not that old after all. they are brand spanking new every time we utilize them, ushering in the new world order of food and rest for you and me.
Part of building a local food system is building new transportation networks. Ours incorporate active transport as much as possible. Bicycles are one of the most efficient machines, and we use them to get materials around the decentralized farm, produce to market, and even food from market to eaters with our bicycle delivery service. In 2010-2011 we delivered our own veggie baskets by bike. This year we offer the same service to members of other CSAs, as well as a new delivery service from Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market starting May 20th 2012. Who else delivers in Kingston by bike? No one. But, our friends at Wendys Mobile Market and Desert Lake Gardens also form the backbone of Kingston’s new food system. Limestone Creamery and Seed to Sausage are spokes in the food delivery wheel too with their vans.
This summer my neice and I were caught mid-swing at the scything workshop our Farmer’s Union Local 316 hosted at the Frontenac plowing match. We were blown away by the skill shown by handlers and horses alike as the huge beasts fairy-stepped between sod lines, neither stumbling nor crushing the lines. When it came to our turn to try a farm skill we found in scything an art form which requires energy and precision to accomplish. Although the blade is sharp (and gets sharpened every 10 paces or so), our greatest fear was a cut to our pride, not shins!