Yes we have small potatoes

Yes we have small potatoes

Not that I should be involved with any of this, with my Brown Thumb of Death that Kills Everything, but in principle I’m hugely in favour of small urban projects to farm, grow food, and keep animals. Looks like they’re big on this in Paris, too, so I’m in good company.

One of the reasons cities can be unpleasant is the lack of green space and nature, unless you count dog poop left by scofflaw owners. Or long weeds growing in the cracks between the bricks and the concrete that nobody has time - or budget - to trim. If instead of struggling to maintain public squares that are rarely used by humans because of their unpleasantness we turned small corners of them into, say, neighbourhood gardens where kids could learn how to tend kale or tomatoes, we’d accomplish a few elegant goals with one deft stroke. We’d make people use neglected public spaces more, we’d encourage human beings to talk to one another, we’d get food that people could eat (“The 100 Feet Diet!”), we’d allow people who are into this sort of thing to spend hours whistling with dirt under their fingernails, and for all I know we’d help the struggling bee populations recover some.

But to me the big one is to allow grazing animals (I am super partial to goats because they’re the cutest, but I’d be happy to defer to experts as to which species is the most suitable) on those patches of land where the grass grows easily and is hard to cut. Like, say, the spaces around highway on/off ramps. Why not stick some goats there to cut the grass for us? You see this everywhere in the UK; cows and sheep and whatnot grazing right by the side of the highway. Why not? There’s lots of grass and nobody walks there so who cares if there’s, er, fertilizer all over?

Wouldn’t that be a pretty sight? And better for the environment than those enormous tractors used to cut that unsightly grass?

I think so too.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

How I found my inspiration

How I found my inspiration

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