An ode to PICA…

Hidden below in the depths of the lower quarry is PICA, and so fitting is our location. This quarry supplied parts of San Francisco’s architecture with its stone resources, and now here we are tucked into the dug hole that remains, like a tree planted in soil, rich with a history of organisms and life. Our sustainable community is growing, an ode to all the earth has kindly given. We are practicing living with the land, one with the land, instead of simply on the land. Our garden is growing up and out, as we all do; our projects are expanding as our eyes open to the opportunities surrounding us.

A keystone in this rock formation, the root system, is our community (which is always changing with each season). Who knows where the nutrients will come from, aside from those that are in our garden beds. Thought and love dwells here, without which, the avocado tree would not bloom, yet with which, each flower of an asteracea can bloom as one. As you might approach a cotyledon, approach us with care because most folks walk the path with no notice of what grows below, hidden but full of sunlight! This winter, our newly planted vegetables, legumes, and more are growing and our thoughts are anything but dormant as well…

The goings on at PICA are vast and we are continually working on making PICA even more lush, with identified native plants and the hope of adopting chickens. As fellow Picans extend their branches in ventures full of research, we are pouring love into this quarter and next…Our support for chickens extends beyond our garden, as we are also supporting the already ongoing campaign to serve exclusively cage-free eggs in the dining halls up on campus. We will also be posting positively philosophical art around campus. So keep and eye and an ear out and a feather to the wind because…

You are what you eat and us Picans are a boundless bunch.

Simone Albuquerque is the PICA Resident Assistant and is also an acting member of the PICA Leadership team

 

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