Reject the Idea of Organic Wine and Salad Production
Ed, my old neighbor and self-adopted cousin from Saskatchewan talked to me by Skype last week. My cousin is determined to keep in touch by Skype because it is free. He wanted to know how the crops were progressing around Chilliwack. I told him that the best crops that I can see here were the thriving dandelions. It is not just here in BC that they are flourishing, but everywhere from Melville, SK to Chilliwack, BC. I can report from our recent travels across Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia that the dandelions are thriving everywhere this year.
I spent many days travelling in the car, and the abundance of dandelions inspired me to propose an advance in farming for my cousin Ed. I told Ed that he needed to stop growing his regular crops on his farm. No more costly chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, no costly seed, or the expense of fuel for his tractor. He can stop the input and let the dandelions take over his farm. Dandelions are ever-bearing plants from spring to fall. He can use his spare time to develop a machine that will automatically pick the lovely yellow flowers and the narrow, deeply, lobed leaves. Both flowers and leaves will grow back in a few days. The yellow flowers can become fine dandelion wine and the leaves into a fresh salad. Without the application of any costly spray to his farm, the dandelion wine and salads should boast an organic label, and sell for a higher price. I tried to get Ed to visualize himself as a famous winery owner of the first dandelion wine – winery in Saskatchewan. He could lead tours through the dandelions and have wine tasting and salad sampling.