Thank you for your good wishes!
This celebration is off-topic, except that the greenway park is our
equivalent of the family farm, where Fukuoka's 'do nothing' seeds & weeds
make a pleasing wild border atop a berm of recycled roughly chipped
trees. Everyone in authority here has not seen the beauty to be observed
in this year's Roman chamomile gradually becoming shiso, rosemary
becoming woody, cosmos overtaken by fennel, now covered by green & yellow
caterpillars that will become swallowtail butterflies. Will any seeds
next spring make it through the crabgrass that has upholstered the
original chip berm? (Crabgrass, another name for Virginia.)
We practice our patience, to see what next year's berm will sprout.
If our village, our children, had to survive on this study in
happenstance, how long could we afford to practice this patience? How
cleverly would we prepare chamomile, shiso, rosemary & fennel into
delicious recipes? Our children love chamomile tea parties, shiso plum
sauce, rosemary roasted potatoes, onions, & carrots, & our toothpaste is
fennel; but we have not made the toothpaste, the vegetables come from the
cooperative truck order, the only plum tree here is up to my chin, & the
tea party came from tea bags. How soon could we learn to do these things
ourselves, while we must learn to do nothing? Harvest assessment,
winter project, spring surprise.
We are afraid of the symbiotic relationship with invisible bacteria,
with mold & dirt, with processes that happen underground. We are afraid
that nothing will happen underground the way it is suppose to in order to
be a carrot. We are amazed that the ignorant potato knows so much more
than we do how to behave.
For the garden itself, in the park, City Council will decide on
Monday, the 14th. Our collected endorsements, like the one below that we
got today (!) make an impressive list. However, we have seen rows of
eminent environmentalists ignored at Council here, where the 200 year old
blue collar neighborhood & park is in the way of Ethyl Corporation's
"Robin, Maya, or Napi" wrote:
> Dear Dr. Hambrick:
> Please convey thanks to the members of the Historic Falls of the
> James Scenic River Advisory Board, for your favorable consideration of
> City Council resolution 2002-271, to purchase the 'missing link' of
> the greenway through Oregon Hill Park. The Board knows full well the
> recreational, civic & cultural benefits of greenways. You know the
> significance to our environmental future of fostering the
> psychological, emotional, & habitual connection to the river, by
> coming generations of VCU students, residents & visitors to the city.
> The purchase of this parcel, & the completion of the greenway, will
> bring to Richmond the benefits of even greater citizen appreciation of
> the scenic James River. Thank you for your work to take care of the
> river, and for your vote today for the greenway.
> Napi Ippolito,
> Greater Richmond Environmental Action Trust (G.R.E.A.T.)
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