I wouldn’t call myself a nosy neighbor, but I do consider myself more observant than the average person. So when I came home from work and saw some youngsters eyeing the vacant lot next to my property, I couldn’t help snooping.
When I approached, they introduced themselves as UC San Diego students that are taking a Food Justice course. They are looking at vacant lots in San Diego neighborhoods that are at risk for becoming food deserts in hopes of transforming them into community gardens. They are also working closely with the San Diego Food System Alliance which you should check out!
Well, those of you that know me or have been loyal readers (thank you!) know that I can’t resist an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite subjects…growing stuff! I offered my services in whatever capacity they required in order to grease the wheels of what seemed a noble project.
They sent me an email questionnaire that I filled out immediately and with great fervor. Something in my patented nonsensical ramblings made these young students hunger for more nonsensical ramblings. And who am I to deny anyone fool enough to show interest in the words of this crusty mud-caked mustachioed jackass?
I then found out that their professor, Keith Pezzoli PhD, is a gentleman that I’ve worked with many times at the Ocean View Growing Grounds! This man is a good friend of Mind Your Dirt and an advocate for food justice. We love him!
Based on my enthusiasm (and before I name dropped their professor) the students asked if they could burden me with a video interview in my yard talking about my projects and schemes. What!? Me talk about something I love that no one else seems to want to talk about!? How rude! I tried to act all aloof and was like, “whatevs, if you really really want to…I guess it’s cool”. You know, trying to appeal to the millennials and not have my nerd flag fly too proudly. Meanwhile I was actually like, “Fan-fucking-tastic!! Lets do this young minds hungry for knowledge! Professor Gielow is ready!!”
So we set up a time.
And the following is the edited result of my patented nonsensical ramblings.