Ordinary Resistance

What have you been up to in the garden or kitchen this week?  Any plans for the weekend?

Will you be resisting?  Big or small, I’d love to hear about it!

This week I blogged in resistance to capitalistic land grabs and against trademarking of terms and knowledge not owned.

Today I planted all our peppers and tomatoes from seed. Organic and mostly heirloom. Our peas are in the ground and our garlic has sprouted.  I’m opting out (bit by bit) of the industrial food system.

This weekend I’ll get more seed mats and start brassicas, melons, beneficial flowers and herbs.  I recognize, and am grateful for, my own (unearned) privilege in having not only the financial means to do so, but the also the space to grow my food.

I’ll be brining some meat and learning new food preservation skills.  I’ll be making corned beef or pastrami.  Mmm, can you just taste a reuben with your own meat, kraut and homemade bread?!  Again, the realization that I have a shit ton of privilege that allows me to procure high quality local and sustainable meat to play around with.

A great article this week over at Civil Eats about class and food. It is a great read, so as soon as you are done here, please hop on over and read it in its entirety:

We have people with limited access to personal transportation, coupled with working multiple jobs and longer hours, living in food-dead zones, where the nearest grocery store might be miles away. We have basically created an economy running so fast and unequally that the logic of this system is predicated on people also eating as quickly and cheaply as possible. This isn’t about people just not wanting to eat healthy food. Or not knowing some ridiculous cost-balance equation about how spending X amount of money on nutritious food today will save Y dollars on health bills in the future. Or the platitudes that if people stopped wasting so much money on material junk they’d have more money left to buy $4.00 organic peaches. It’s about a system in which food, which should be the most basic of rights, is now some repackaged, commodified afterthought.

The problem of consumer-based movements is that they tend to focus all the strategies on personal choice, disregarding structural inequalities that are at the root of our food problems. And even when they acknowledge these structures, they think that civil-society-promoted social movements can somehow operate successfully within the system. When thinking of food, the question should not be why people don’t eat well, but why we have created a system that reinforces—at a cost to mental health, financial security, and physical well-being—a food plutocracy where food has become increasingly fetishized at the top and placed out of the reach at the bottom.

What else?

There are union issues. Attacks reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood.

We’ve been talking about structural racism and systemic oppression.  That is difficult to explain to a 3-year-old. Yowsa.

We’ll be chatting with the 3-year-old Babylady more about positive power.   Gender comes up a lot in the world of a 3-year-old, so there will undoubtedly be conversations about gender fluidity.   Gender is made up. It is make believe. It also isn’t an either/or.  It isn’t just male/female.   Three-year-olds get it. Why can’t adults?  She has assigned to her stuff friends the following genders: “boy,” “girl,” “both,” “neither” and “beyond.”   She knows that some people have “girl bodies” and might have “boy AND girl energy inside.”  We’ll probably also talk about poop and farts, but I’m not sure that is related to resistance in any way I can see.

And I’ll be loving up on my sweet Ladyfriend. Being out and Queer always includes resistance. It is showing up despite the dominant heteronormativity and the subtle (and not so subtle), but continual microaggressions.

Happy Weekend (of course, thank the unions!)

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9 Responses to Ordinary Resistance

  1. Shelly says:

    Awesome! I did very similar this week. Started tomatoes and peppers indoors from seed (some sprouts showing already, 5 days). Posted about trademark abuse… boo. Best of all though, we got a rabbit!!! He is pretty cool.

  2. Lacy says:

    I love that you are teaching your daughter about gender/gender fluidity! I love how kids just get it, now if only adults would. I plan tell my nephew that people are just people, there’s no such thing as gender and people can love whomever they wish. Perhaps that is a little simplified but then he is only 6 months old! I hope he gets it when he is older!

  3. Shelly- awesome on the rabbit! I just looked at the pics- too cute! I love bunnies =)

    Lacy- thanks! I am constantly astounded by the depth of which she just ‘gets’ stuff. It is so clear that all the binaries and “should haves” etc in the world are made up and socialized. I feel grateful for where she is in preschool as their big thing is an anti-bias education and I feel they really do that. 6 months is great– we have always been talking about things with the Babylady. Whatever we are thinking or talking about we try and distill it down to the essence and share that. He’ll get it!

  4. Kirstin C says:

    I envy you so much not only to have the space to garden but that your ground isn’t still frozen… someday… ..over, under or on that damn rainbow – Chris and I will finally buy a home and I can at the very least start out with an herb garden. I hear the skies are blue there and the dreams that I dare to dream really will come true…

    I am in the midst of a cupcake obsession so I will do some baking and the husband brought home a 9.5 lb corned beef brisket (for just the 2 of us) so we have some corned beef and cabbage in our future… I really need to do more than wave at my gym when I drive by it…

    Love you!

  5. melissa says:

    I want to hug this post. My resistance comes as I learn to be brave and honest with myself and the world. It’s a process. But the past couple of years just learning to be myself (and more about who that is) and being myself out loud, in the open…liberation. It heartens me to read what you are teaching the babylady. Strong and compassionate parenting FTW. And 3…oh, I just spent the evening with a 3-year-old..they’re like sponges, constant questioning and soaking up every bit of information they can retain. It’s wondrous.

    My plants, oh, I have worked hard planting seed and repotting and building beds. I have veggies and fruits, ornamentals and pollinator attractors coming. Lamenting the loss of my cauliflower to the freeze but excited for beans to come, peas and eggplant and tomatoes to come! Nasturtiums and marigolds and salvia, oh my! The aching muscles are worth it.

  6. Fabulous! It’s so great you are growing from seed. We hunt a lot and I consider that a really good way of “resisting” the commercial stores. Compared to any other way of getting meat hunting to me is the most humane. (Plus, it’s downright delicious.) Though, I do feel the need to point out, it’s only humane if done properly. There are too many people out there giving us hunters a bad name.

    Can’t wait to hear how your brining goes.

  7. domaphile says:

    Hearing about all of this planting has inspired me to bite the bullet and install a Window Farm this spring. We are essentially landless, growing indoors.

    As for gender and kids? I could write volumes. I have two girls, but one identifies strongly as a boy. It’s fascinating.

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