Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Why Brooklynites Don't Grow Their Own Food

The community garden across the street is being torn down, disenfranchising a few locals. This showed up in our yard yesterday. That's a 9-inch loaf pan.



I debated posting this on a frugal food blog, but figured it would stop the "Why don't city people just grow their own food?" question forevermore. I will never stop shuddering.

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20 comments:

TKTC said...

full body shiver. I cannot believe that is a full size loaf pan. gew.

Ducks said...

Do not bake.

And yuck. Shiver. Shiver.

Owlhaven said...

That's beyond disgusting. Love the way you titled the .jpg
Mary

IronMo said...

Reason 729 I cannot move to NYC!!!

Rita said...

Oh. My.

I am gagging just looking at that. Bah.

The Frugal Girl said...

Oh, my heavens! That is really gross.

Do the rats eat the food in the community garden?

Anonymous said...

Dinner!

I live in Baltimore City and this is exactly why I don't compost-or actually go in my back yard ever for any reason.

kittiesx3 said...

I live in Boston and don't get enough sunlight to grow much of anything on my patio. I grow a few herbs but that's it. And I'm definitely NOT interested in feeding the rats, so I am solidly with you on this on.

Leigh said...

Kris! Ack! That's almost Snack-sized.

Anonymous said...

Poor little rat. Reminds me of my fuzzy little pets. But generally, a city garden equals fail.

Kris said...

Frugal Girl, that's what our landlord thinks. Now they're just looking for food wherever they can.

Barf.

MS said...

Ewwwwwwwww. My first thought on reading the post was, "someone left a nine-inch loaf pan in the yard?" Because I could NOT get my brain around finding a nine-inch dead rat in the yard. (I have to admit that living in a somewhat large-ish city with lots of green space has made me rather soft and innocent in the wildlife department. Or at least the ratlife department.) Ewwwwwwwww.

Krista said...

Who was brave enough to kill it? Or did he just show up dead? If that is the case I am almost afraid to see the size of the rat who won.

When we lived in metro Detroit we had a compost bin. A guy in the neighborhood who worked for the city told us that our city had a HUGE rat problem and we should probably get rid of it. It was gone the next day and we were gone shortly after.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? People are that freaked out about rats?

If you live anywhere with any sort of population density, you have rats. Congratulations.

Oh, and many of the farms that grow your food, and the plants that process said food, also have rats in proximity. So. You know. I don't see it as a reason to not grow food.

Kris said...

Krista! Rizzo showed up dead. Whatever he fought ... I hope it likes people.

Anon, pull up a chair. Have some coffee. Let me tell you a story. It's about four Brooklynites who found a rat the size of a terrier in their backyard. After we finish the story, maybe we can lick the deck where it died. Whee!

Christina said...

Seriously. I live in NYC, and I tried to grow some potted plants on the patio behind my apartment building (which is sortof in an alley, I guess, but gets some sun). Anyway, I bought a bunch of smallish herb plants and planted them in planters and something ate them all down to the ground in one night. I think it wasn't bugs. I bought new plants and hung them on the fence and the same thing happened. Seriously. I just hope whatever it was wasn't the size of a loaf pan.

flybigd said...

Looks like it's meat loaf for dinner tonight!

TSI! said...

You need a nice strong electric fence across the street. That'll keep things safe.

Wow Kris, just wow.

AJP said...

Do rats really eat fresh vegetables? I thought they were more carnivorous. I have a lush garden in my yard in Seattle (not NYC I know), and the things I have to worry about are slugs and insects. There are rats out there, and racoons and skunks. But they don't eat the veggies. Maybe NYC rats are more desperate? I can understand not having compost. In any case, Kris, that is totally gross. Once in college we had a rat infestation. They were that big. In our house.

Rebecca said...

Yuck. My parents always have trouble with rats right after a hurricane, because they live on the gulf (Florida) and I guess the rats shelter in their "basement". The one you found reminds me of the time that my parents were watching tv and saw a rat watching them from inside their fireplace! He was a big boy too; they thought he was a squirrel at first glance.

Country folks have rats too, it just doesn't seem as big a deal because the rats aren't as close to/in the house. I could be wrong, of course, as that is based off of friends' experiences and not my own.

"Do rats really eat fresh vegetables?"

Haha, they LOVE them. And fruits too. They are omnivores. My pet rats always get a little (unseasoned, usually uncooked) bit of whatever veggies we eat from day to day. They go absolutely crazy for broccoli. Their favorite food is actually edamame, of all things!