Posted on | August 23, 2012 | 4 Comments
There’s a wheelbarrow in the kitchen. How it got there doesn’t bear thinking about. The moment for thought is long gone. With every bang of my shin on the barrow, it dawns on me that this is only the first load of many of oranges, lemons and tangerines that needs picking, trimming, washing, drying, sizing and packing in the 18 hours before I debut at the Altadena Farmers Market.
The good news is that my hands no longer hurt. The bad news? They have no sensation whatsoever.
Folly this painful generally starts with an oversight.
Click here to keep reading in the LA Weekly about how hard it can be to check waste in a Southern California dream garden. As to why checking waste is a goal, do read the Natural Resources Defense Council report estimating that 40% of the food we grow is thrown away. In California, that means massive amounts of water and energy are squandered. *This post has been updated to add the NRDC link.