May the turning of the seasons & the turning of the leaves save us.
May we be saved by the worms, the beetles & the microbes turning the soil.
May we be saved by the turning of vegetation into compost
& the turning of compost into rich soil.
May the turning of seeds into plants & the turning of flowers
into fruits save us.
May the grasses & weeds, the vines & mosses all conspire to save us.
May we be saved by the turning of sprouts into saplings, of saplings into trees,
& the trees into forests.
May the scurrying, foraging, pouncing & lumbering of the animals save us.
It’s difficult to sum up the magic of farming on the Gulf Islands without first talking about the colourful and eclectic collection of people who inhabit such places. The population of most islands is a wonderful mix of new faces seeking an alternative life, and families who’ve been there for generations. One islander recently told me that you weren’t considered a local until you’d lived there for at least 20 years.
Permaculture is at the heart of any sustainable endeavor. Knowing how permaculture has the potential to guide us toward sustainable future is a vital component in creating a paradigm shift. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The term originally stood for permanent agriculture but in the last few decades, the word permaculture has evolved into Permanent Culture.
To create a gathering centered around local foods is to engage with the stories of a place…who is raising and butchering and smoking their own meats…who is coming into bloom and ripeness at that very moment and who isn’t…why is there tons of rhubarb and no peas…who is making what kinds of cheese and who’s got the blackberry wine?
Young Agrarians is a grassroots initiative made up of agriculturalists and media conspirators intent on growing food sustainably. Inspired by The Greenhorns to build a network Canada-side to celebrate, connect and recruit young farmers
Sea To Seed : A Sailboat Tour Of Farming, Music & Regenerative Culture Highlights Video & Photos (Year 1)
The Sea to Seed Tour is an experimental collaboration between artists, media makers and farmers to explore the potential for art and culture to effectively support those on the land who are working to localize food systems, cultivate sustainability and build community. Our intention was to spend a month touring by sailboat thru the islands of the Coast Salish Sea, collecting and sharing the stories of the farming communities there and learning more about how we could be of service to their work while sharing our own offerings thru feasts and performances.
There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about the barriers and difficulties facing young people getting into farming. Land access, capital costs and the difficulty of setting up a business are frequently cited as reasons why so few people are choosing this as a career. So when I stumbled across four young farmers who were making a go of it, I set off to visit them and find out their story.