Hazelnuts from my first times harvesting intensively, summer 2019, have lasted me through Jan 1. Maybe a quarter of my stash remains, still in shell stored safe and sound. I snack on hazels alone and in good company sporadically, this year being my first deep diving into staple tree foods. I look forward to incorporating these wonderfully healthy serious staple foods into my diet more in mutualism.
This bounty I’ve been snacking on is from one casual afternoon’s harvest with friends at Z’s Nutty Ridge, where I estimate I hand harvested ~2,000 nuts and kept half. I did another hazel harvest with local friends & nurserym’n one morning over the summer as well, collecting ~1,500 nuts that I’m stratifying in buckets to propagate from Dilmun Hill Organic Student Farm. I enjoyed reflecting on those harvests as I sat and had an after party hazelnut munch this Jan 1 middle of the night.
Both casual half-day harvests were some of the best days of the summer. Sure, it could get old if it was everyday work, but one thing that would not get old (or at least would help me get old) is that they were also some of the healthiest days of the summer. And here’s to health in surviving with’em: trees, gotta love’em. Thanks and peace.
Lyrics: (please think twice – sucka MCs, please think twice “you’d have to be crazy not to be crazy”, as for me?) – If I wasn’t talkin to trees, bugs I’d go crazy Motherfuckers acting lazy or stacking shady funds nd guns nd Piles of trash, no joke landfill leakin’ toxic yoke while blokes be blowin’ up motha’s mountains what the fucks, and the cops? Damn, I ain’t callin’em Politicians? I ain’t stallin’em Tryna get like complex numbers and off this line New train of thought, new training newly taught Know the names of those who aught to lead Brotha I’m talking seas, I’m talkin birds and bees I’m talkin’ lettin’ shit be and see how I can adjust Like what the fucks, we gotta control every dial? Every worthwhile mile gotta be styled to our industry? Fuck’um, styled to who’s liking? Shuck’um, styled like lightening – in mutual benefit to all with one bad day So you want beef? I’ll take it rare-ly Rarely eating it if I don’t know where it grow Rarely seeing it suffering or not in Hozho I’m in it to mimic ecosystems, tried and true Economics out of alignment with the physical? Dismiss’em Or at least know they’ll dismiss you Watch out – first principles comin’ through So when bygones be bygones be strugglin’ to buy some bread Kids and cats better know, better grow better ways ahead Plant some trees Eat some nuts, befriend some bees What the fucks, what’s our priorities? What’s the future you want to see? While some drain they brain to complain or get you in a particular lane I encourage you to bushwack, look back only for orientation Trailblaze through the maze of crazed disharmony Harming me, and you, and the whole zoo of this planet But I gotta hand it to the motha, like no otha, forests provide So when you turn on ya heat and engage what ya need to survive Remember that: grocers hustle, forests grow, fossil fuels tucked in tight on the low And there’s a time and place for every glow, but while the road gets rough I’m lookin’ for flames stayin’ lit through it all Resilient – lifeboats ladders and lamps I’m out, y’all can join me at nuttery camp gettin’ buttery with million year old champs growin above and with it: peace, peace, peace, One Love
rappin in the woods, dancin on cliffs with flips on the beach what lessons a range of rhymes teach, beseech ya to wander word wonders under thunder stunners shuck ya, remove you from one shell One word, word be bond, word be born, word to tell Heiroglyphics - And a favorite bonus track for ye:
Throwback to spring, an equinox equal-opposite with fall
Who knows what this will bring? Harvest, darkness, a returning of leaves to the soil
Leaves ran chi through a tree to, extend life, end up ripe, and go onward to become riper
HyperOM organic matter in the cypher
What’s the direction of succession? The momentum of the moment?
Never at the goal, what’s the fruit of your labor? On & on went [the song]