This week, our Flower CSA pickup is a personal favorite of ours. It's a Holiday garland made of special things we grew.
- Dehydrated lemons, organic of course, from our Meyer lemon tree
- Cotton balls harvested from cotton plants we grew from seed given to us by Don Cameron of Terranova Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley
- Loofah sponges grown from seed at our Silverlake site, and one of Tara’s all-time favorite crops
Terranova Ranch is a major cotton grower in America. Don Cameron once told us that the crazy thing about the organic cotton he grows is that while he may grow it organically, which is great, the following processes isn't exactly sustainable. Often, his cotton gets shipped to another continent to be processed into fiber, which then gets shipped to another continent to be transformed into clothes or linens, which then get shipped right back to America to be sold retail. That's a huge carbon footprint for organic cotton, which boggles the mind, but that's the way it goes in a global market economy.
On the flip side, a favorite crop we've grown in the last ten years is loofah sponge and it’s zero waste. Here's a product that you can grow organically, harvest by hand, use in the kitchen to scrub plates, pots and pans, or use in the bath/shower for exfoliating and rejuvenating skin. You can wash your loofah sponge in the washing machine, or throw in the compost pile when it wears out and return it to soil. Much use, no trace. Now that's what we call a sustainable product!
We hope you enjoy this week's garland as a decoration, and then put the parts to work in the bath or sink.
A special thanks to Meredith and Milli at The Metabolic Studio for lending us the apparatus needed to dehydrate 100 lemons.