Parsnips, Carrots, and Beans
Acrylic and mixed media on panel,
60"h x 48"w, Item No. 12844,
In 17th Century England, “sowing the ground with parsnips, carrots, and beans” was considered an act of treason. It was the signature action of the Diggers, gardeners who had been impoverished by England's sudden and arbitrary process of enclosing and privatizing the Commons. The humble act was the Diggers’ means by which to alleviate hunger, and free themselves from servitude and slavery. They felt that: “this freedom in the common earth is the poor's right by law of creation and Equity of the Scriptures, for the Earth was not made for a few, but for whole mankind.” England responded to the vegetable crops with troops. But despite all military effort: guerilla gardening is alive and well — in England and around the world — to this day.