I take quick jogs around town to clear out the spider webs and to quicken my heart rate for the day’s doings. It is amazing how much trash is thrown out along the roads in a 24 hour span. I gather up cigarette boxes, gruesome beverage containers, fast food bits and bobs and other refuse and head to the nearest recycling and garbage bins.
There are 3 kinds of refuse containers on our farm to consider: recycling, compostable and trash. Paper products are stockpiled for winter’s startup of central boiler fires to heat the market and greenhouse. Noxious weeds also have their special pile to molder in. Plastic drip tape and other agricultural plastics are jammed into a huge bag that is hauled to the landfill for recycling. I have a box to fill to give to Care and Share as I slowly downsize (?). Refuse, it overflows physical space and the mental wherewithal of what to do with it.
Puppets looking down from the top shelves in the market present the notion that we are all in this TOGETHER. Earth is home to more than just the “Harder” clan and I need to learn how to share more than just my toys. May the sound of all children’s laughter guide us.
Refuse is an action as well as a gathering of unwanted things. I refuse to float along with the raging current – can you tell? The torch held high for all refuse is not limited to the shoreline, I’m thinking it has to do with my heart and how important I think I am……. As I read the Good Book…..I’m to be last in line and that is scary.
Sustenance for the coming week’s adventures will include: Kossak kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, Hakurei turnips, beets, dancing carrots, salad mix, Butternut squash, quirky potatoes, sage, Daikon radishes, and a choice of fennel or Napa cabbage or spinach for the regular farm shares.