I am enjoying every aspect of learning at the farm. I love going home after a farming day and think of what I’ve learnt that day.
Sometimes, it is just more practice in some aspect of farming, when farming gets more into my body, when integration of knowledge goes beyond the mind.
Sometimes, it’s food for the soul, when I am inspired by the seedlings growing, by the food waste now transformed in forest-smelling compost, or just by remembering how beautiful and courageous it was for Rishi and Manju to create this farm in the city.
And sometimes it’s food for the brain, as when we have our weekly Wednesday lectures and learn about irrigation or soil or compost or…
Based on one of the lecture about the main vegetable families and how to identify them, I am posting here some pictures to help us all – I hope.
Includes kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, Asian greens, Brussel sprouts, radishes, collard greens, mustard…
Seed: usually paper-like membrane that separates a two-part capsule
Cotyledon (embryonic leaves): typically heart-shaped
Flower: typically 4 petals arranged in a cross shape.
Remember ‘cruciferae’ the old name of this plant family? Means cross-bearing or crucifix.
Includes sunflower, chrysanthemum, feverfew, lettuce, endives, escarole, chicory, artichoke, dandelion, daisy, chamomille…
Seed: elongated, drop-like shape
Cotyledon: 2 leaves, no stem
composite (many small flowers in a flowerhead that has the shape of a disc)
Includes peas, all sorts of beans (fava bean, black beans, soy beans, mung beans to name a few), European beans, Asian long beans, chickpeas, lentils, clover, alfalfa, acacia, mesquite…
Seed: bean-like and come in a pod
Cotyledon: 2 leaves, 2 stems
Flower: typically 5 petals but of different shapes and sizes
To be continued….
I will post more next week.