Gifts from the Earth, 2021 Harvest
More reflections on my garden inquiry work—looking closely uncovers my learning.
If you look at my garden with a capitalist lens you would have said it was failure. Too much money was invested for the small yields I put in. So little tomato harvest for the number of plants I had. Too many hours were spent growing growing seeds, tending them, watering, weeding, being eaten my mosquitos. It’s not worth it – just buy produce at the store.
But if you look at the garden through the wisdom of indigenous knowing, it was an overwhelming success. It put me in right relationship with the land. And it provided an abundance of gifts. Each little package of goodness, no matter how few there were, was a treasure.
Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass, is also a treasure. I go back to it again and again to be coached, to try to understand.