Issue #11: MONEY
The romantic side of me feels like plants are above money. A reprieve from it’s perceived constraints, and an antidote to the pain it can cause. Perhaps in a way they are, but in so many other ways they’re not. Plants are a commodity. We can put a value on plants sold in nurseries, flowers sold in florists, and vegetables from the greengrocer. But once the transaction is over and the plant is planted, placed in a vase, eaten, does its value change?
Does the process of making a plant a saleable item disconnect it from its original state, therefore disconnecting us from it? Does placing a monetary value on a plant de-value it in a subtle way? Perhaps by the end of the month we well have a few more answers and a few less questions! Perhaps not…
Many a garden, mine included, has been created from plants or cuttings shared and gifted. Not only does this make great economic sense, it brings an invaluable richness to the relationship between human and plant. Stories of seeds passed down from grandparents, leaves from a friend’s favorite succulent, and cuttings surreptitiously snipped from the garden at the end of the street cannot be bought. They can be shared, remembered, re-told and embellished. They are worthless in monetary terms but priceless in ways that count.
We have stories galore this month! From a series of recipes made from foraged (free!) food, the benefits of trading rather than selling flowers, the lucky plants of Mexico, a collection of sexy plant goods for all budgets, a world without money, agribusiness, and more more MORE!
Welcome to the 11th issue of The Planthunter. Welcome, also, to spring! Hello warmer weather, picnics in the park, freshly mown grass, and the smell of happy plants in the air. Ahhh. Who needs money when it’s spring!? Joy is free.