Rice Fields

Rice Fields

Green sprouts
Pristine immersion
Crawfish feast

Rice has been a mainstay of Louisiana agriculture since the 18th century.  For years, crawfish was a wild product, harvested mostly in the Atchafalaya Basin between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  In the 1970s and ’80s, farmers realized they could make extra money managing the crawfish that already lived in their flooded rice fields.  South Louisiana has over 125,000 acres of crawfish ponds coexisting.  At one time, rice was grown for the crop.  It seems turning the fields into crawfish ponds is more lucrative.  For those farmers, the rice is now grown for the crawfish.

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Rice planting

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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5 Responses to Rice Fields

  1. jrbsays says:

    Thank you for the lovely haiku and lesson in Louisiana agriculture. Do Crawfish make good sushi?

    Rice Planting


  2. 4joyjoanne says:

    fascinating stuff…..and a beautifully worded haiku


  3. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    And don’t forget feasting on the crawfish (or maybe that’s what you meant!).

    Rice Planters


  4. shoreacres says:

    I feel like singing! “Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo…” Plenty of Texans are happy for your rice/crawfish fields, too. I must say – “pristine immersion” is a fun phrase to use in a poem about mudbugs!


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