has asked for us to spam her with our most exciting spring flowers—so here’s ours!
We grow a lot of sunflowers, both at Spaces and in our home gardens, but these aren’t your pedigreed, heirloom varieties...they’re hardy, open-pollinated sunflowers that sometimes aren’t picture perfect.
And that’s why I love them!
One of the reasons we started growing our own food was to show our kids an alternate to the dominant narrative: that perfect = valuable. Whether it’s vegetables or people, social media has helped magnify the notion that picturesque perfection is what matters most.
Our flowers are...well...a little wonky. But they’re drought resistant with exceptional roots, pest resistant, attractive to birds and all kinds of pollinators. They provide homes for garden predators, like ladybugs and mantises, and good food for the people (did you know, sunflowers buds, leaves, and seeds are all edible?) Food waste is a huge issue, with almost a third of food produced world-wide going to waste (for being oddly shaped, varying sizes, just plain “ugly”, or because only a single part of the final product is valued, ie. saving carrot roots, while tossing the also edible tops)!
Human waste in our largely throw-away society is also critical. Often, stepping outside a set of norms leads to a person’s input being invalidated and their perspectives deemed unimportant—whether the “deviation” is skin color, country of origin, language spoken, age, class, income, neurology, or any other myriad of reasons.
Tossing aside human potential is as big a waste as tossing aside food!
So let’s #shiftthenarrative
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