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The Border

They have built a border:

At the dinner table, when they want their fruits and vegetables —

Between sweaty fields and their inherent privilege.

 

They have built a border:

At the car wash, when they want their luxury cars polished —

            spotless, sir —

Between breaking backs and their abundant vanity.

 

They have built a border:

Behind the picket fence, when they want their gardens groomed —

            a little less roses, sir —

Between the roots of honest labor and blooming decadence.

 

They have built a border:

At the drive-thru window, when they want fast food —

Between a minimum wage and an artificial convenience.

 

They have built a border:

In their industry, when they want their factories fine-tuned —

Between diligence and mechanized indifference.

 

They have built a border:

At the curb of Home Depot, when they want jornaleros —

Between cheap labor and the structures of discrimination.

 

– José Hernández Díaz 

 

the twigster,

Josephine

PS: Something to think about…”Most unauthorized immigrants come to the United States not because of lack of development but because their own communities have been inserted into a global capitalist economic system, disrupting traditional economies and structuring new opportunities and challenges” – Living “Illegal” 

PPS: Anyone in Querétaro tomorrow, check out the event Lectura de Amor y Exile. For for those of you in the US, take a peak into the book here, co-authored by a friend and sharer of organic seeds.

Border Patrol

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I have struggled with the incongruous factors of wanting to grow vegetables, but not having a place to do it. For that reason, I began to look into urban gardening, and visiting such places as the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, NY. When I saw the more than ample rooftop space in my apartment here in Huimilpan, México, I knew the time had finally arrived to experiment with rooftop farming, or more specifically, container gardening. Over the past few months, I have found that it is indeed possible to grow a significant amount of food in containers and my roof is transforming from a concrete wasteland to my lush Eden of edibles. Ok, I haven’t quite reached Paradise yet, but I do have fresh lettuce, cilantro, rosemary, arugula, swiss chard, lavender, dill, basil, and baby tomato plants. I have definitely come a long way from where I first started.

The same principles of the biointensive gardening method in earth gardening can be applied in container gardening. That is to say, that the association of the crops is also important in the containers and companion planting can help plants to fight and keep away plagues and even improve the plants’ flavor.  Check out examples of said “companions” here. You also want to add the flowers not only for the aesthetics but also to attract pollinators. This little garden is helping me to produce organic and locally adapted seeds to share with community members, helping me to clear my mind, and helping me to avoid drinking Coca-Cola for Breakfast.

the twigster,

Josephine

PS: The little pup’s name is Canela or Cinnamon. I found her abandoned about a month ago, and took her in with the intention of finding her a good home. We haven’t had much luck yet, but still have hope. Isn’t she adorable?

PPS: Worm compost is also great to have on the rooftop or urban garden. Those worms work hard turning your kitchen waste into great humus for your seedlings.

Rooftop Garden

Lettuce, Arugula, and a Street Dog named Canela

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