"Life isn't about [making money]. It shouldn't be about that."
In case you missed it last Friday, Justin was featured during a segment on KWMU's "Cityscape" program. Collaborating with Sauce Magazine, Cityscape aired a story on urban farming in St. Louis. Producers caught up with Justin to get his take on what caused him to become passionate about urban farming as a way of life.
For those of you not familiar with this video yet, several weeks ago the popular food chain Chipotle uploaded a video of Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's "The Scientist," with computer animation accompanying the song.
Don't view it as just a commercial for Chipotle, however. The company commissioned the video to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system, and I think it hits its target spot-on. Willie's cover of the song is haunting, as is the narrative of the cartoon, and yeah, I'll admit that it made my eyes well up a little.
As long-time supporter's of Farm Aid (Willie Nelson's other project), we're happy to see Willie Nelson supporting Chipotle's endeavor to highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture.
We can't believe it's been almost four months since we last wrote a blog post! Spring turned into summer, and summer produced some crazy hot, hot temperatures, and what else can we say? We've been working tremendously hard these last few months out in the fields, at the markets, and around town.
Now for a brief little recap:
You might already know that our grow space at our homestead in Affton is around 1/10 of an acre. While it's surprising to see the bounty such a small space can produce, we started searching earlier this year for ways we could acquire more land on which to grow more crops. Our search ended once we met Virgil and his wife, Margaret – farmers in nearby Fenton, Missouri (St. Louis County) whose property spans 500 acres in the middle of subdivisions and strip malls.
We've been renting a few acres from Virgil and Margaret, and if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you might have already seen photos of what our plot looks like and the transformation its undergone while in our care. (keep reading...)
Spring has sprung, and our crops are growing, and as such our back door is seeing tons of activity as Justin and I travel from inside to outside, and vice versa, with gardening tools, plants, and other items. However, we're not the only two coming in and out of the house; mosquitoes are, too. Last night, for instance, I managed to swat a half dozen blood suckers. Although, swatting with my hand is as far as I'll go to kill these pests.
As residents of St. Louis County, our local government routinely sprays for mosquitoes from the months of May through October. However, the mosquito tucks don't spray down our block. That's because we're on the do-not-spray list. Yes, it's true, people have a right to opt-out of mosquito spraying!
But what's the problem with mosquito spraying, you ask? Plenty.
At YellowTree Farm, we're big on gleaning and foraging. Open your eyes; there's plenty of food all around us just going to waste. Bamboo shoots are in season right now, and we're selling plenty of them at the Maplewood Farmer's Market. Fresh, springtime bamboo shoots are considered a delicacy all over Asia, and they're an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, and iron.
If you're already a fan of the frozen or canned bamboo shoots available in grocery stores or in your delivery of Asian takeout, you simply must try our locally foraged fresh version. Just peel back the outer layers until you come to the tender, bright green insides. Slice them up, boil or sauté them with some salt and oil, and you've got a hyper-local side dish to any meal.
Special thanks to those who helped support our Kickstarter campaign:
Alex P., Amanda C., Amanda Y., Ann B., Barbie F., Beatriz G., Betsy H., Chad H. Courtenay, Cynthia T., Dave & Liz N., David S., Debra P., Deltasunfarm, Emily K., Fiona D., Gail S., Glad H., James C., James L., Jason S., Jean-Luc H., Jennifer., Jeremy S., Jill S., John P., John S., Jonathon H., Josh S., Joshua O., Julie F., Julie H., Justin S., Kara K., Karen M., Katie K., Kelly C., Kevin W., Kimberly H., Mary Ann S., Mary S., Matt O., Merri., Nebula Coworking, Ned & Sharyn F., Patrick C., Patrick H., Pete V., R. Matthew W., Richard T., Ron Z., Sara A., Sarah C., Shonagh C., Srikant C., Tara P., Taylor., Terry C., Tim W., Todd T., Tony D., Tu N.