Agriculture Class

Notes from the Field

The MITCH Agriculture Program

March 20, 2020

I heard something today that helped to lighten the weight of the space we have all been asked to take from our communities. A group of soil scientists were speaking in a webinar about how to engage resilient agricultural practices in our food system, and one of them mentioned that they disagreed with the term ‘social distancing’, because truly, we are merely being asked to enact ‘physical distancing’. Although we cannot hug or high five, communities are coming together now more than ever to support each other. Despite our physical distance, our social connection is our strength.

As spring approaches, MITCH gears up to do what we have always done - to educate and support our community. More specifically, to feed our community. The partnership we have with Neighbors Nourishing Communities has never been more important. The school garden and agricultural capabilities that we have developed are going to be vital tools as we support people through difficult times.

Just like Victory Gardens of World War II, our garden will become one of what are starting to be called ‘Resilience Gardens’. Just yesterday, bags of fava greens and radish raab were harvested and donated to Tualatin Schoolhouse Pantry. There are peas and greens, potatoes and leeks coming up in the garden that were planted before we closed. The Frontier Field is being tilled and prepared for planting. We will continue to plant food for our community.

What you can do from home, if you are not already, is go outside and explore the abundance! Not just what we can eat, but all of the live creatures and environments that thrive when we stop flying airplanes and driving cars. The live things that, not being inside a school, students now have more time to stop, observe and build appreciation for.

If you have space where you live to garden, get started! Plant peas, greens, potatoes, radishes, and turnips. Need seeds or gardening space? Go to http://www.neighborsnc.org/ to find out how you can receive some of these resources - safely. Whether you raise food for yourselves and your community, use some of the resources attached to get outside and observe the natural world. Just by giving it your time, you are making the world a happier and healthier place. Give yourself and others space, and fill your lungs with fresh air. Do it to help us all remember how dynamic and complex life is, and that we are all connected - from the microbes and worms in the soil to the stars in the sky.


Ms. Blood