If one judges the quality of a metaphor by the size of its image, then the ultimate symbol of nature's abundance has to be the Atlantic Giant (AG) pumpkin.1 Developed in the 1960s by Howard Dill of Windsor, Nova Scotia, these dime-size seeds produce pumpkins that average between four hundred and five hundred pounds, with some reaching almost a ton.2 Christy Harp of Massillion, Ohio, holds the current world record for the 1,725-pounder she entered in the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off in October 2009.3 The Associated Press photograph of Harp is typical in the way it depicts the grower's outstretched arms unable to reach even halfway around the colossal body of orange flesh. A...

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