July 2012 Survey, Test your Perennials Knowledge, Eden

July 2012 Update

What is the colour of bird droppings?
Same colour as the stain of my clothes and my hands at this time of the year.

Purple is one of the rarest of naturally-occuring food colours. It’s been told we should be eating foods from all the spectral colours. Berries, berries, on the wall, mulberries are purplest of them all. Not surprisingly, they are also very high in anti-oxidants and protein. Get your purple on this July 7th and 14th (maybe the 21st too) at the Collingwood Farmer’s Market, where I will have mulberry fruitsicles.

Despite the lack of recent rains, Saskatoon, mulberry, raspberry, and currants are in season. Let me know if you want to get your hands juicy from berry picking!


Who said a market research survey can’t also be fun and educational? By offering 5 minutes of your help, you will also test your perennials knowledge, and enter your name for a chance to win an inoculated mushroom log. Click here to take the survey.

Reclaiming “Eden”
In the novel Ishmael, Daniel Quinn explains how the story of the Garden of Eden originated from our long-ago hunter-gatherer ancestors. In the Garden of Eden, nature self-produces and self-renews, providing an abundance of the forest fruits that is a basis for nature-based hunter-gatherer communities. Adam eating the forbidden fruit symbolizes the beginnings of deforestation, totalitarian agriculture, human dominance over nature, hubris, even patriarchy.

Eventually, this story became co-opted by the Judeo-Christian religion, essentially the furthest thing from the hunter-gatherer worldview. The Garden of Eden is now subconsciously dismissed by many today as some fantasy utopia that never was and never will. Eating the forbidden fruit became a necessary evil for such creatures of reason in order to fulfill their destiny of civilized society, which explains why all civilized folk are born into the world as sinners.

Know where you came from.
Know where you are now.
Know where you are going.

Yeah thanks. You don’t have to be a financial planner, operations manager, career counsellor, or an ecological landscape designer to know that.

How do we know we are working toward our destiny if we don’t know what our future looks like? Has it been described in the scriptures? Our school textbooks? The closest thing I can think of is called sci-fi.

If I close my eyes and imagine what Eden looks like, it will illuminate where I came from and where I’m going.

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