Father’s Day in Our Community Garden
From sea to shining sea, Americans celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17. In our garden, too, we recognized fathers and fatherhood. Our garden lives because of the strong families and strong fathers in our community. This blog post is a brief description of the life in our garden on Father’s day.
While Francisco and his son planted onions and watered, Beto cleaned his land and planted basil. Don Domingo pushed the wheelchair of Tío Pedro, while Tío Pedro’s wife prepared the tortillas, rice, and birria. One of Tio Pedro’s daughters harvested nopal, in English, cactus. Meanwhile, his other daughter ate the plum tree’s harvest. Joe and Carlie harvested plums, too. The hummingbirds hummed and the doves coooed.
Later, after the watermelon received water, Don Frederico shanked nopales with Tío Pedro’s daughter and grand-daughter. Tío Pedro told jokes and waited for birria (a delicious Mexican entree.) Don Domingo sat, smiling behind the entire scene. Francisco, his son, and Beto continued to work the Mother Earth.
Meanwhile, the corn, beans and squash begin to flower. The squash flowers are yellow and the gourd has white flowers. White, red, and purple flowers grow from the green bean plants. The ladybugs flit around the corn, beans, and oregano. The ladybugs eat the aphids and other bugs. In this way, we farm organically.
Gladiolas color the garden with shades of purple, white, red, fuchsia, orange, peach, yellow, and pink. The bees and hummingbirds love the nectar! Gladiolas attract good bugs and birds, in turn, fighting other insects that might want to destroy our harvest. The gladiola flowers also make wonderful gifts during this season. They stand one to three feet tall, right now!
Our garden lives for our families. In our culture, the older men, of the “father-figures” of our community, require land in their golden age. They require land because our tradition of working the land for the love of working the land must be passed from this generation to those of the next generation. In this way, we maintain our culture. This is a culture rooted with the roots of the corn, beans, and squash that began some 8,000 to 12,000 years ago.
On this Father’s day, our garden celebrates our fathers, our forefathers and our ancestors. Each of us has the right, and in some ways the duty, to honor our fathers. In our garden, we celebrate our fathers by farming, working and loving Mother Earth!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn has a great introduction to corn 🙂