My bike was stolen last week. Very sad, but probably a bit irrelevant to you I’m sure. But there’s something very ironic about this that strikes me. I spent about as much money on that bike about three weeks ago as I have recently on creating a pretty hefty container garden in the backyard. It’s starting to sprout now. Seed, soil, planters and trellises and a lot of love went into this and in my opinion it is just as valuable as the bike was if only because it’s alive. It’s mine; I used nature to build it up and it lives autonomously which makes it almost like a pet. But someone saw the bike in daylight, noted only a cable lock and came to take it in the dead of night. All the while they probably didn’t even consider the potential value of the soil-filled boxes (not locked, obviously) in the middle of the yard. I may be jinxing that good fortune by even stating it. But it’s all very heavy stuff. I’ll go on.
Why Should We Grow Our Food
We should be growing our own food! All of us should; as a society why did we stop? Our agricultural construct is a problem everyone refuses to acknowledge because we like bananas in Colorado or we want oranges in the winter. We don’t think about the fact that those tropical fruits came from…well, the tropics. Importing and exporting and transporting food is expensive, especially because it’s something we need daily and always.
I grew up in a family that gardens, but never really stretched my legs in the arena until this spring and I can already feel something special here. I can grow foods that are new to me: chard, kale, chives, dill, cilantro, beets. I can grow so many varieties that the stores are prevented from selling because of our industrialized agricultural complex. My garden can’t realistically be compared with Alison’s, which really has become my inspiration in the yard. But this takes time, I guess.
I want to share a video with you that’s very special to me and everyone who worked on it because it marks the beginning of an incredible journey. This is the first teaser we put together for Holy Terror; before gas drilling was even an issue in the North Fork Valley. We fell in love with an inspirational tale on a breathtakingly beautiful farm in the Rockies:
Alison said something there about the production of life being “pleasurable, magical, and satisfying” and I guess that’s what I’m getting at here. This is our chance at having a hand in what we power our bodies with, and we really ought to take ownership of that! We have the opportunity to take stake in a very intimate relationship with ourselves, our world, and our food. Who doesn’t want that!?
She also said at the end that this was more important that anything she’d ever done in her life. And believe me, this woman has done some important things. But I don’t think this is an exaggeration; that lack of relationship with life she speaks of is something that we’ll start to suffer the effects of as a society. This trend must be reversed immediately.
One last thing, coming back to the bike thief: I’ve not felt so violated in as long as I can remember. I cried like a baby. Later that Saturday, when I got back around to working on this project I couldn’t help but compare the theft of my bike with the way the government and the industry is trying to pry these peoples livelihoods from them in the Valley. Obviously we’re talking different orders of magnitude here, but consider this: the person who took my bike knew damn well it would render the owner bikeless and that cutting the lock constituted stealing. But the gas industry is committing a bit more of a blind theft here, like they forgot their flashlight. They are willing to decimate the land, air and water in this agricultural community in part because they simply don’t know all of what these processes can do to the environment. They haven’t been forced to find out, and they don’t want to know. So why look? Denial is not excusable, but it surely begets ignorance. Ignorance earns a bit of pity.
Help the Organic Farmers in Colorado
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Part of a series of blogs on the production of Holy Terror: A Farm Under Siege. For more: http://www.halffropro.com/directors-blog/.
Cameron Terry is a Colorado native and a fishing enthusiast. As a documentary filmmaker in Denver, he seeks to make engaging, impactful films about important topics.