I was recently interviewed for the DPI (Dept. of Primary Industry) Podcast. I had been recommended for the podcast as a farmer who is doing things differently, and who has a different perspective…for those of you that know me, you will know this is quite an accurate description for me :))
We talked in part about local small scale organic ag, and why it is so important when it comes to the topic of climate change…and how we can address climate change, and the social, health and environmental impacts that broadscale, industrialised, monoculture, agriculture is having on our Earth..
I have been feeling frustrated with all the attention that we have collectively on the negative aspects of climate change, and everyone’s opinions of who ‘should’ be doing what and how. I see this conversation creating great distress and hopelessness in our communities amongst our children, teenagers and in the wider population leading to increased feelings of powerlessness, and existential nihilism, which actually demotivates action 🙁
It hurts me deeply to see and feel the degradation of our planet, and my response to the ‘eco-despair’ I feel so deeply, is why I now choose to be an organic farmer. It is only when we focus on solutions that we can really manifest change. Focusing our energy on what we do not want to see, will only bring us more of what we do not want… Recently, I have had the thought – ‘what if all the energy that is given collectively to ‘climate change’ or activism, were actually given to the people who are birthing the change that we all wish to see in the world…?
We all know and feel that the answers to the myriad of problems facing our modern industrialised societies lies in coming back to the simplicity, and balance of living, and walking harmoniously on the Earth. Organic small scale agriculture offers us one practical way NOW to come back into connection with this, so we can connect with where our food is grown – the people growing it – to eliminate the food miles, chemicals, storage, packaging and cost to the Earth (in the form of habitat loss for our wild plants, insects, and animals) … for the benefit of all. The most sustainable way to produce enough food for our communities, in a good way with the Earth, has been shown time and time again, to be in the small scale diversified agriculture that our societies have come from.
The most important benefit of organic agriculture is to be able to provide nutrient dense, and biologically alive foods. Industrialised agriculture is depleting the soils of the Earth at unprecedented levels, providing much produce that is force-fed with fertilisers and water which do not contain all of the life giving nutrients required by us to be able to function at our highest potential. As a population we are starving for these essential nutrients, and active biology that enables us to be healthy, and think clearly. This is where I see my role is as your farmher – to be able to provide nutrient dense, and locally grown organically alive foods into the local market, to support each of you, to be in the best of health, and clarity of thought, infused with the local medicine of these lands. Which empowers you to be able to create your part of the solution, that is essential for us, to be the change that we collectively want to see when it comes to climate change, big or small, micro or macro in the world today…
From my heart to yours,