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Farmer Steve Sprinkel has tended this Afghan heirloom for many generations over and has imparted some of his certified organic seed to our catalog - and also this poem:
Bees On DillWalking the head-high dill I’m growing for seedI had forgotten I would needbees on dill that never seems to be so tallunless it’s in Afghanistan. I call this cultivar Sultana Parvanta,a spoil of war, because it’s a bootleg samplefrom a well-watered patch in Helmand Provincethat she gave to me so I could never forget that misery, still raging like a deep cut that won’t close,because we hack at it every day.If I dared to own a flagit would always be at half-staff The bees are mad for the plant,hitting it like parched inlanders suddenly let loose on the shoreor lovers too long apart. I’m driving steel stakes for twineto hold the crop erect until cuttingand shaking the future loose in a shower nearly free of regret. In six weeks I’ll replant the seedthen eat the singular leaves that turn me towards Helmand gardenssheltered by apricots, and ancient almonds.
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