I like to think that the world is evolving to be a more self conscious global community where our needs are better understood and better focused upon, but the reality is, I’m nothing more than another dreamer who finds himself turning on the news and feeling more hopeless and more depressed about the state of the world that I was just the day before. I once had a belief that the human race was made up of logical and rational being who were willing to listen to opposing views and sit down to a compromise, that people would, rather than jump to illogical conclusions, would review all the information available before jumping to conclusions.
I wish I could say that I fear for the world in which we live, but the only fear I have is that it might be too late to make any real significant change. It might be too late to make the world a truly better place. The only real emotion I feel is sadness. A sadness brought on by knowing that the age of innocence is long past. Sadness that people refused to take responsibility for their actions as the see responsibility as either an assault on their personal freedoms or an inconvenience.
Though there are plenty of people who believe in what we are doing with our urban farm, there are even more people who applaud us, but in the same breath will tell us how they would never grow anything, that they are perfectly fine with being ignorant to the situation as a whole.
This year was a hard one. Too much rain and too many cold days left us with a much smaller yield than we’ve had in the past. Vegetables in which we’re usually harvesting in early July, we didn’t see until late August to early September. Next year, I’m making some big changes in the way we grow, here on Our Tiny Earth Urban Farm. With the obvious changes in our own climate, we need to adapt the way we grow. We need to find alternatives to the methods we used in the past, and and build upon the ones which worked best for us this year.
We’re going to continue growing vertically using the GLTi vertical panels, as we were able to produce everything from lettuce to squash in the panels. My plan is to bring several indoors where we can grow our herbs and leafy greens right in the kitchen as well as in my office year round. I could just as easily grow nightshades, such as tomatoes and peppers, indoors, but I think it would be better with the cat in the house to just keep it simple.
I’m also going to build cold frames in order to extend the growing season. With simple hay bales and old windows, I can start specific seeds, such as spinach and provider beans earlier and harvest them later.
I know I could give up. I know that this is only going to get harder and harder as the years go by, but that’s the beauty of being a human being. We have the means to adapt. When we see a challenge, we meet it head on and thrive, despite what nature throws at us. I’m not giving up. Our Tiny Earth will remain a model to what can be done.