Ok, ok. I know its odd to have Disneyland show up here. I mean, really. What in the world could Disneyland have to do with Permaculture or Wing and a Prayer? Well, let me tell you. When I first started thinking about what type of special report I could come up with, linked to Disneyland – I wasn’t exactly sure. At Big Thunder Ranch, they used to have chickens and the Presidentially pardoned Turkeys, some other farm animals in a petting zoo type situation, but it closed down in 2016 to make room for the Star Wars themed Land currently under construction. So, what was left that was kind of farmy?
When you think about Disneyland what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Walt? Mickey? Rides? Great scaled down architecture? How about the amazing landscaping? Did you know that the landscaping at Disneyland includes upwards of 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs? Each year the horticulture department plants nearly 1 million annuals to add color and splendor according to the season. The oldest living tree at Disneyland is over 150 years old; the 2 ft tall Mugho Pine can only be seen if you take a trip through the whale’s mouth in the Storybook Land boat ride (https://d23.com/disneylands-very-important-trees/). “More than 800 species of plants indigenous to 40 nations grow at the Disneyland Resort, making it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical locales in the western United States.” Much of the landscaping in several lands has been planted with drought tolerant plants, but still over 80 miles of landscaping pipeline run underground at the Disneyland Resort. You can find out all about these, and other facts at the link above, or by googling Disneyland Landscaping. Still, it’s not what I had in mind to talk about.
If you visit our page “About the Adventure” you’ll read about our over arching goal to provide whole, nutritious foods to those who would not otherwise be able to afford to purchase them at the local markets. There are others who are trying to do this as well, by showing how easy it can be to grow vegetables in an urban setting, this is commonly refered to as Urban Gardening. Disneyland jumped on this bandwagon several years ago, tho’ many people may not realize it, or take the time to notice the landscaping as they are enjoying Tomorrow Land. With a look to “Agrifuture” gardening, Tomorrow Land horticulturists incorporate edible plants into the landscaping. “The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources.” – from the webpage https://disneyland.disney.go.com/fr/disneyland/tomorrowland/. It was difficult for me to find information about the landscaping in Tomorrow Land; there is a website called “Plants of Disneyland”, but there’s no other information about when the landscaping changed, or what the overall idea was. When I first noticed this new plant scheme, after a complete remake of Tomorrow Land was done, I thought, “What a GREAT idea. They can supplement their restaurants and offer guests incredibly locally grown fruits and vegetables!” This could really happen, in season that is. There are several types of citrus, fig, and persimmon trees in the area. Hosts of vegetables from broccoli to hot peppers, as well as most common herbs. However, after doing a bit of research on that, I found that – alas – they do not use the fruit, vegetables, nor the herbs. It seems that, even though the thought was to show the future of agriculture, a humanity using all of its resources for the betterment of all peoples, they couldn’t tear themselves away from the lure of aesthetics; in other words, they use too many pesticides in order to keep the plants looking as beautiful as they do. I maintain that they could probably do this in a more natural manner if they only took the time. But I give them kudos for attempting to show a possible “agrifuture”. Guess that ends the “special report”. The next time you find yourself at the House of Mouse, spend some time in Tomorrow Land and see what you can recognize, just remember not to sample any of them! Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading!
Today’s Weather: It was quite a mild day today. After Snow and cold and wind. We had a day that reached into the low 70’s. And by around 2 the wind had died down considerably. We’re hoping that tomorrow will be just as mild.
Egg Report: Thursday we had 1 Duck, 1 Goose, and 16 Chicken eggs! That’s amazing! Today we had 1 Duck, 19 Chicken – and 1 that was “very eaten.” We’re on our way up! Gonna need to start going to the Farmer’s Markets on Saturday again.