Harvesting a sea of blue
Insects and famers profit
Harmony found in beauty
A new crop is flowering in the fields near my home, painting the landscape with unexpected colour. The farmer seems to be growing Echium, which produces an oil containing a plant-based alternative to dietary fish oil supplements as well as being used in other nutritional, medicinal and beauty products.
The fields are not only beautiful to see, you have only to approach the flowers to hear that the whole field is buzzing with bees. Butterflies and other insects are flitting amongst the flowers and, in spite of the farmer’s neat boundaries, you get a glimpse of how Nature is supposed to function. I suspect this is a trial crop, as only a few fields are given over to the blue and pink flowers. I hope it works out for them…