I come back from England and our Southern Californian suburban home has been officially transformed into a farm. This change has been happening slowly since about five to eight years ago, but it has now reached a “cottage-shed industry” level. We rarely need to go to the supermarket anymore, since everything we could possibly need grows or lives in our backyard. Amongst the numerous fruit trees and leafy greens, we have eggs from our chickens, potatoes, a growing herb garden, and the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever put in my mouth.
Jokingly I said to my mom that all we need now is a rice field. I think she’s considering it in earnest. I fear for the water-bill.