Over at my Walkable Eastwood blog you’ll find a most wonderful message from Karen, a woman who long ago moved away from New York State but who has very fond and vivid memories of growing up in Eastwood. Her most recent emails to the email group detailed aspects to living in Syracuse that we can only guess at now, those of us who missed living here during those times. Vast quantities of food being produced in the city is still in the memories of those among us, we just have to find them and get them to teach us how they did it! Take a look at what Karen tells us – doesn’t it make you want to go out and plant a few fruit trees?
Which leads me to ask: why are there so few vegetable gardens and fruit trees in Syracuse. Surely we have no dearth of neighborhoods where fresh vegetables are not within walking distance. Where kids don’t know that food comes from the… the dirt! Why is it that there are people who are actually hungry, or whose bodies are expanding frighteningly in search of nutrition because there’s nothing of value in the “food” they’re eating? We have the land, we certainly know how to grow trees here. Why can’t every back yard have a 4’x 8′ garden and one blueberry patch?
Maybe we need to interview our elderly and get the instructions for living before their knowledge passes away with them.