July 9, 2010
The Science of Singing

The Science of Singing 4We may not know all the different varieties of carrots, the type of caulking used in a rain barrel, or the right season to plant quinoa. However, when it comes to talking to inanimate objects, we are experts. Whether it’s for a thriving, pudgy white patty-pan squash, a forlorn basil plant sweltering in the overwhelming sun, or a fresh bean sprout, our hymns and encouragements (preferably when no one is around) can always be expected.

Over the past few weeks, we have discovered a 3.008% increase in the growth rate of our plants, coupled with a 23.9% higher fruition rate. We attribute these positive changes to the melodic sounds of our voices, which allow the plants to prosper. We are only kidding, of course, and have no idea about percentages and fruition rates; we only know that Cher’s ingenious lyrics seem to influence a much happier garden.

We also talk to animate objects, fortunately. Through our internship, we’ve met an assortment of individuals involved in various levels of Indianapolis food culture.  Many of these meetings have been quite delicious, others have been purely inspiring, and a few have been somewhat humorous. For example, Gabriele, the Roman gentleman with a knack for baking pizzas, Ben, who showed us around Second Helpings, and Dingh, a frequent and very enthusiastic visitor to the Slow Food Garden, have all led to a much more interesting internship. And thus, our own knowledge has increased by 79.54%, approximately.

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Our precious patty pan squash

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The cleared plates are a testament to Gabriele’s skills.

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One of our many escapades throughout the past week included helping out at Big City Farms, where the Sun Gold tomatoes are ripe.

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