“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

A Case For Weeds

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” 
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

For all of the time that I spend weeding,
I am beginning to have a change of heart on the subject.
And while I do love a nicely manicured farm and flower gardens,
I also see the value in allowing the land to be wild.

There was a day when I would have rushed to remove this weed
growing next to Hope's house.
But then... it's not harming anything by being there, and is actually providing a little 
extra shade.

But more importantly... and why I am beginning to re-think our landscaping practices...
is that these green leafy plants are able to take carbon out of our atmosphere
and send it into the earth where it is no longer acting as a greenhouse gas.

Carbon Sequestration... a fancy way of saying that plants are able to remove
CO2 from our atmosphere and trap it beneath the soil.

All we need do is change the way we think about weeds.
Allowing more areas to become naturalized not only helps to reduce our carbon footprint;
but those areas provide essential habitat for insects, such as butterflies and bees, and birds.

Years ago, our Field of Dreams (a large meadow in the center of our woodlands)
grew grains... planted by our neighboring dairy...

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