Ten years ago, Ritoma nomads found the idea of planting vegetables preposterous. We decided not to push it and concentrated on weaving, not vegetables. A few years ago we began to notice that the poles and wire that was meant to separate the summer, fall and spring grazing areas and keep the animals off the bumpy strip of tarmac that people called a road, were disappearing slowly but surely. We also noticed that in their winter villages, many nomad families suddenly had ample supplies of concrete poles and wire and that inside the enclosed spaces were… lettuces.
Norlha decided to plant vegetables too, though we weren't willing to nick concrete poles off the road, which we found too unsightly anyway. Sheep were our main concern as they wander freely around the guesthouse and would certainly help themselves.