Of Eating the Vegetable Patch...


On my first week as a resident of UBC Green College, I met a woman who was from Peterborough, ON and lived up the street from Trent University.

We were paired up for a Team Building Easter Egg Hunt and ended up bonding over our colossal failure as egg-hunters (we found zero eggs; others found 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

While other teams had already gone in with their egg haul to play the next game, the two of us spent the night with our flashlights sampling different types of foliage in the vegetable patch. We smelt basil and like excellent, curious PhD students, we set out to experiment. We ended up eating some tomatoes, photographing a mini frog, and eating some vegetables and herbs. For the most part, though, we ate leaves from various plants that were...neither vegetables nor herbs.

Clearly, neither of us would be botanists, horticulturists, agriculturists, or farmers. We did, after all, eat random leaves.

Overall, it was a good start to the school year.

I could definitely use more friends who are game enough to eat strange things with me in the middle of the night, armed with only a flashlight.

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