Monday, October 26, 2009

It's a clam.

The Last Organic Outpost community gardens (not a clam).

Being and adventurer means traveling to interesting and exciting places. Do this long enough and eventually interesting and exciting places start seeking you out, which is really cool. Saturday's adventure arose from an e-mail exchange with a botany student. She and her father are volunteers at Fifth Ward farm belt, the creation of one amazing man named Joe Nelson Icet. A farmer trapped in the city, he has spent thousands of his own dollars and hours turning Houston's abandoned wastelands in into thriving gardens community gardens.

Joe under cool urban farm art.

This Saturday they were having a big fund-raising event involving live bands, free food, and many kid-friendly things like live chickens and hand-made nails. Oh, and of course face painting!

Painting the face.

It's a butterfly!

It's a clam!

Yes, Miniwether had a clam painted on her face. She couldn't decide what to have painted and I jokingly suggested a clam. Having complete trust in daddywether, she told the painter that was what she wanted. The rest of the day was spent explaining to friends, family, and assorted strangers that it wasn't poorly done butterfly but a most excellently-painted clam. I thought the pearl was an especially nice touch.

Free pizza from Ruggles Green certified green restaurant.

Several restaurants were giving away yummy food, assorted green groups were trying to get people to sign petitions, artists sold their wares, and a performance group put on a play about pollution. However the Wethergirls preferred the sandlot/playground.

My kids, get used to seeing them.


Me, I prefer fire. The blacksmith and I talked for a while and he explained how he uses all his tools to the girls. He even made Miniwether two nails which she added to her Box of Treasures when we got home.

I also liked Joe's okra. Some of these plants were as big as small trees!

Joe and I spent some time talking and if things work out right I'll be helping them set up some display beds of wild edible plants. That should be super-awesome!

The Last Organic Outpost offers a great place to learn gardening. Every Saturday, weather-permitting, you can learn the tips and tricks of growing food in Houston while helping them expand their gardens. Donations are always accepted and the money goes towards purchasing soil, equipment, seeds, and paying their irrigation bill. Hmm, seems like a good way to feed your soul while helping feed the community.

Adventure! Excitement! Urban Renewal!

1 comment:

Bramble said...

Now, this looks like it was big fun!