Shhhh. Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve been playing a little hookie.
I hope you can tell, but this was a nice sized cat fish. I caught two this size one after the other. The rest of the day their grandbabies were the only ones willing to sacrafic their lives for our enjoyment.
After I got back from fishing, I checked on the garden and saw the peas are starting to flower. Here’s a picture I took yesterday.
Everything’s doing pretty good in the “hoop house.” I’ll post about it this weekend.
After watering the garden, a task I felt compelled to do, I was 30 minutes late for the Southeast Gardeners Meeting. When I walked in they were in the middle of a discussion. Of course they were. It’s a meeting. Anyway, Dina, the moderator/leader, said they were going around the room asking what each person needed for their gardens and what they had to offer. I had a senior moment. Duh. My genius answer was enthusiasm for gardening. I’m sure they were looking for something more tangible, but it was the best I could come up with.
Greg Bratton and his friend Walter gave a summary of what they learned at their workshop on hoop houses at Growing Power in Milwaukee. Sounds like one of the most important things they learned is not to put the plastic on on a windy day because they were almost airborne when a strong wind came along.
They also talked about the circulating system that’s at Growing Power which has a tank that’s used to raise Talapia and Lake Perch. The water is circulated in a continuous loop fom the fish tank up to plants that are watered with the fish water which is a natural fertilizer. The video gives you a synopsis of what Growing Power is all about.
Will Allen is the founder of Growing Power. Mr. Allen won a $500,000 Genius Grant from the MacAuthur Foundation for, among other things, his creative pursuits. Hey, anybody want to be a creative farmer?
Gregory was really impressed with the fish tank setup and said they ran into a guy that has developed an in-home version that will allow you to raise fish meat and vegetable plants for a fraction of the cost of a commercial version.
We also had at the meeting Sarah Carlson. Sarah is a college student filming a documentary. It’s called The Whole Health Project.
“WHOLE HEALTH PROJECT: DOCUMENTING COMMUNITIES IN SEARCH OF TRANSFORMATION
The current system of healthcare in the US is in crisis, and fails to relieve many of the contemporary illnesses plaguing people. This leaves many dependent on food and healthcare systems that fail to meet their needs. In search of relief and armed with the guidance of peers, online resources, and the historical legacy of America’s relationship to the land, many seek a healing path that leads us to a more direct relationship between ourselves and the food we consume, the environment we live in, and the communities we are a part of.”
Sarah was also at the Green Summit and got a lot of footage for her film.
Lastly, what meeting is complete without parting gifts? One of the gardeners (please forgive me, I’m terrible with names) brought some wood ash to share with us and, of course, free seeds.