-One of MGVC’s farmers, Michael “Bhai” Bittner, has farmed across the world, including alongside the seed preservationist, Vandana Shiva, in India.-
It grew in the black mud.
It grew under the tiger’s orange paws.
Its stems thicker than candles, and as straight.
Its leaves like the feathers of egrets, but green.
The grains cresting, wanting to burst.
Oh, blood of the tiger.
I don’t want you to just sit at the table.
I don’t want you just to eat, and be content.
I want you to walk into the fields
Where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there,
far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with mud,
like a blessing.
The other MGVC grower, Max Smith, has raised turkeys, grain, lentils and chickpeas,
and vegetables at more than four established community farms in Montana.
This is his first project all his own own making.