I was out picking wild apples (which make the best cider), when a car of tourists pulled onto the road where I was. I overheard the driver complain to his passenger that someone had misdirected them… they were looking for commercial apples. These apples (the ones I was picking) were just wild, and who knew what they were…. (implying that they weren’t any good because they didn’t have a name bestowed on them by a human). I had to laugh. It’s in the agricultural margins like that roadside tree that I was picking that the vast diversity in agriculture gets developed. Thank goodness for all of the unnamed fruit in the liminal spaces between wild plants and domestic ones. There lies quality.
Dr. Clare Hintz has a B.S. Degree in Biology and Writing, a M.S. in Sustainable Systems with an emphasis in Agroecology, and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education with a focus on Regenerative Agriculture. She currently teaches permaculture design and regenerative agriculture from her production permaculture farm in northern Wisconsin. She is the editor in chief of the Journal of Sustainability Education. In her spare time she knits, reads feminist science fiction and cooks really good food for friends.