It's that time of year...we are inclined to dig up our innermost feelings for our loved ones and shower those lucky souls with evidence of that love. Cards, candies, and caring words in celebration of relationships.
I am doting on the relationship that keeps me alive and well. Often neglected and in a broken relationship with society, our food system needs some wooing.
Like any healthy relationship, food that is grown with love, respect, and honor is the kind of sustenance you want to fuel your body and tantalize your taste buds with for the long term.
Here's my homemade card to my farm (just picture it written on red construction paper with white cut-out hearts).
Happy Valentine's Day, Soil
It is truly for you that we toil
Your fertile richness will endure
Thanks to blankets of composted manure
Happy Valentine's Day, Seeds
Oh, the potential of your good deeds
Heirloom varieties I will stay true
Defy Monsanto and GMO hullabaloo
Happy Valentine's Day, Hens
I'm honored to call you my feathered friends
Comforting like the sunshine after rain,
Your clucking is a refreshing morning refrain
Happy Valentine's Day, Ms. Petunia
Someday you will be tasty bacon
And for that, my loyalty to you is unshaken.
Feel free to add your own verses. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day.