Growing A Wellness Paradigm from the Ground Up

From a speech delivered to Boulder, CO Master Gardeners, September 2012, on the miraculously twined practices of healing and homesteading:

Growing a Wellness Paradigm from the Ground Up

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution

Is there such a thing as land-based healing? How do we cultivate change? How has the garden healed me? How does it matter that people learn to grow their own food, or create a bond with the plants and soil where they live? How does that confer health? Are gardening and homesteading part of a larger healing paradigm? How do we express our fidelity to the life force? What’s the connection between healing in the body and healing of the land? I probably won’t fully answer all of these questions, but I mean to gesture towards them, and open the dialogue.

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