Connecting to Soil Hands-Heart-Nature
The New Language of the Organic Gardner To
forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
The light quotient contained in living
foods are transmitters of important biospiritual information
used in many
complex and vital processes in the body. Thus, eating is a
form of nutritive information transference that gives direction and intelligence to the life of the body. At a deeper level the food we eat reflects this process even if we are unaware of this subtle guidance. Perception to this line of thought
shows a direct relationship between
food and self love (good feeling states) in our connection
to Source Energy. I am not talking about a love of
self that is filled with overcompensations for lack
of character development, but rather a more profound
evolving love whose centeredness around self care emanates
from self outwardly in reach of others and Nature. The more love
we have for ourselves, the more able we are to love,
understand and serve the needs of others, respect life and Nature's processes. However,
it all starts with self
first as a living example, so that we may nourish others and the Earth as we do ourselves. For instance, with enough attention to the life of the body we make
choices that nurture and uplift our being, as we would equally for the life of the planet. This is when we feel drawn to the soil, to plant a garden, to co-create something beautiful with Nature.
Connecting with our hands through our heart in tandem with Nature opens an inner circuit and we begin to transform and align with a greater rhythm. Our sensory connections open and we feel more. We become mindful
of our associations, of how we behave and the effect we have on other sentient lives. We take notice of what we eat, where our food comes from and we are in tune
with both our physiological and emotional responses
that food has on our bodies. We feel how poor nutrition and toxic
food extracts their toll in our suffering because
they provide no viable energy for our body, whose deficiencies cause cravings. While foods that are freash, nourishing,
rich in vitamins and minerals, fiber, and free of pesticides,
additives, coloring and irradiation and are prepared with natural ingredients – coupled
with rest, fresh air and clean pH balanced water – enables
our bodies to be nourished and healed by the energy they
hold. We can literally feel that we make ourselves either healthy or unhealthy
one bite at a time.
One of our greatest
fears is to eat the wildness of the
world. Our Mothers intuitively understood
something essential: the green is poisonous
to civilization. If we eat the wild,
begins to work inside us, altering us, changing us.
if we eat too much, we will no longer fit the suit
that has been made for us. Our hair will begin to grow
long and ragged. Our gait and how we hold our body
will change. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes.
Our words start to sound strange, nonlinear, emotional.
Once we have tasted this wildness, we begin to hunger for a
food long denied us, and the more we eat of it the more we
will awaken. It is no wonder that we are taught to close off
our senses to Nature. Through these channels, the green paws
of Nature enter into us, climb over us, search within us, find
all our hiding places, burst us open, and blind the intellectual
eye with hanging tendrils of green.
terror is an illusion, of course. For most of our million
years on this planet human beings have daily eaten
the wild. It's just that the linear mind knows what
will happen if you eat it now.
Spiritual Nutrition Gardening The Garden is The Mirror of the Heart
The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path.
- Larry Dossey
WHAT DOES LIGHT TALK ABOUT?
When you recognize her beauty, the eye applauds, the heart stands in ovation,
and the tongue when she is near is on its best behavior, it speaks more like light.
What does the light talk about? I asked a plant once, It said, " I am not sure,but it makes me grow."
~St. Thomas Aquinas
Earth is a sanctuary for my Soul and growing what I eat is the experiential reality that feels best to integrate the sacredness of the Earth with my own humanity. When I grow food, I participate more fully in Nature’s nurturing cycles and abide in the greater Kosmic rhythm. This experience helps me to form a closer bond with Mother Earth and the elementals that partake in the growth of the seed. Knowing how to grow my own food in the spirit of adventure supports health freedom and food sovereignty that I can feed and provide whole food nourishment for my body, one of the most basic necessities. There is always a feeling of Gratitude that fills me when I harvest food that I have nurtured. My harvest is so much more than food and the taste is that much more delicious. I simply marvel at the beauty of Nature and the majesty of the universe that orchestrates such natural wonders of the seed. It is my experience that when I respect the underlying unity of all life, my appreciation of life expands.
My garden space is another room in my house. Gardening is also a form of meditation, detoxificant of EMF's by grounding into magnetism and exercise for the body.
Garden of Grace, Spring 2012
Herbs & mixed lettuces in the foreground, composter on right
Garden of Grace, Spring 2012
8X8 ft raised bed
Chinese Cabbages, Red Cabbages, Indian Mustard Greens, Spinach, Asian Long Beans,
Basil, Red Clover, Cosmos, Marigolds and Aster Flowers
Garden of Grace, Spring 2012 Side plot (3 ft x21 ft) alongside fence.
Myriad organic greens of: Arugula, New Zealand spinach creeping over side, Kale,
Indian Mustard Greens, Dragon Carrots, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Red Clover and Marigold Flowers.
Garden of Grace, Spring 2012
Perfect Purple Eggplants
Yogic farming: Hippy culture or the answer to global famine and land degradation?
The theory goes as follows. In the same way people can feel good or bad vibrations from one another,
seeds will react to the thoughts exposed to them.
Local, Buy Local, Be Local
gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing
a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating
social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying
neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food
budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for
recreation, exercise, therapy and education. ~
The American Community Gardening Association
If You can't grow Your own food,
people would like to be eating more locally and/or organically
grown foods. Many people would happily purchase some or most
of their food straight from their local farmer, if only they
could find such a farmer. The goal is to put consumers and farmers into direct contact with
one another, so that consumers can purchase food straight
from the farm.
consumer wins, because we get high quality food at an affordable
price. The farmer wins, because they can make a reasonable living
selling straight to the consumer and cutting out so many of the
middlemen. They can also raise a variety of crops and animals,
and farm in a more sustainable and ecologically friendly manner.
While one way for this to happen is for farmers to operate either
a storefront at their farm or to sell their produce at local
farmers markets, another method that has been developed is known
as CSA or Community Supported Agriculture.
with the field and moving toward the fork” may
be the best approach to fostering a strong community
food system that sustains local agriculture—particularly
in development threatened communities where farmers
face tough challenges.
is a hip, edgy, intelligent animation on the subject
of how much energy is spent to eat the conventional
way - that is, buying meat, produce and dairy through
the supermarket system.
How Community Supported Agriculture
or CSA works:
offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive
a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits,
eggs, milk, coffee, or any sort of different farm
products. A CSA is a way for the food buying public
to create a relationship with a farm and to receive
a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial
commitment to a farm,people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers")
of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members
pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will
accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also
require that members work a small number of hours
on the farm during the growing season. A CSA season
typically runs from late spring through early fall.
The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated
at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 1000.
The light quotient contained in living foods are transmitters
of important information used in many complex vital
processes in the body. It is essential that organic heirloom or heritage seeds are
used to grow your food.
plants are those plants not initially created by
Nature, but by human engineering where the genes
of two plants are bound together by starches. This
gene manipulation produces foods that contain an incomplete
molecular structure and are damaging to the body. Nature
is perfect and has evolved plants to perfection. As
a part of Nature our
biology is congruent with this perfection.
Signaling & Behavior
- SecretlLife of Plants, From Memory to Intelligence
holistic and scientific approach treats the farm as an integrated
whole composed of soil, plants, animals, and insects--with interactions
that can be adjusted and enriched to solve problems and maximize
300 Years Ago
Paradise in Your Back Yard
glade on earth -- a 300 year old food forest in Vietnam.
28 generations have shared in developing this spectacularly
lush environment that not only feeds the family, but provides
all the medicinal herbs and plants they need. Imagine
growing up in an environment where you just need to walk
outside the door and there is all the sustenance you will
ever need -- literally provided by your ancestors!
is an inspiring story that we can be thinking about as
we take steps to convert our backyards, front yards and
even windowsills into food producing spaces. Can we begin
to think about 28 generations from now? What could be more
meaningful and important than that?