When I first came up with the “foodlust” concept, I tried to visualize what it might look like in a logo. I kept visioning this debonair, swashbuckling gentleman dipping a leek raptured by its earthly wonder. Foodlust is after all “a deep respect for food” and if consumed with foodlust, we would cradle the bounty of mother nature in awe and amazement at what she provides. We would not take our food for granted, expect it to be cheap, super-size everything, and let it go to waste.
I had a friend draw up this picture in my mind and I’ve included it here along with my interpretive tribute to foodlust.
This past week, I harvested my first leeks! It took five months but who’s counting. It was worth the wait! They weren’t the fattest leeks I’d ever seen but they had lovely, long white shanks! I learned this trick of long-white shanks from 4-season gardener, Eliot Coleman…when your leek seedlings are 10″ tall, you loosen them from the ground trimming roots and tops and then transplant them into 9″ holes. In his book, Winter Harvest Handbook, he says, ” If you have never grown leeks this way before, you may find it hard to believe that it will work – but it does!” And it did!
Volunteers and clients from Project Mana’s food distribution in Truckee, CA.
Along with the leeks, was a whopping 56lb. harvest! It was our biggest yet. Like most of our harvests, 70% or more is donated to our local hunger relief agency, Project Mana
. It was an incredible day and a big celebration! Over the past month, a traveler named Terry from Wyoming, had come out to the growing dome every week to volunteer
. For his hard work, I would load him up with an arm full of veggies to share with his fellow travelers at the local hostel. He humored me by taking the photos of me with the leeks.
The following is a photo essay over the last week. My friend Daphne Hougard, who is a professional photographer, came down for the 56lb pickin’. She took the one of me with the carrots and the gorgeous one of the dome’s interior at sunrise! Enjoy the harvest!
Daphne Hougard Collection