Friends in the Field

During the hours and hours that I spend harvesting tomatoes I’ve been noticing that I’m not the only one spending quality time with these jewels of the summer. Various birds enjoy singing a song while perched on a tall tomato stake.

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Spiders stretch their webs between stakes and tall plant branches hoping for a catch. The bees not only enjoy the tomato blossoms but I keep finding a wee bee or two at rest on a dangling cherry tomato before continue on its journey.

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I’ve also been finding the tiny zebra striped eggs of the harlequin cabbage bug, laid in clutches of twelve upon many tomato stems.

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With popcorn growing nearby the tomatoes sometimes get consumed by a slightly confused corn worm. Of course a tomato close enough to the ground might find itself nibbled on my a passing lizard. At the bottom of the plant you will sometimes notice disturbed soil from a gopher whose hopefully just passing through.

All these visitors and residents of the tomato patch are a reminder that we do not only farm for the benefit of humans but also for the livelihood of biodiversity.

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