David Suzuki Wish Li… on David Suzuki Wish List & N… Musings of a Michael… on Musings of a Michael Jackson…
– reprinted from Oh-Toh-Kin, Volume 1 Number 1, Winter/Spring 1992
The following interviews with Lyle Ironstand and Louis Cameron have been reprinted from Paper Tomahawks: From Red Tape to Red Power by James Burke, published in 1976 by Queenston House Publishing.
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Does your garden rejuvenate you? Can you start out feeling troubled about something; but as you wander around planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, does a feeling of peace and contentment come over you? Do you feel yourself slowing down, breathing deeply, tuning in with the singing of a bird, the wind sighing in the trees?
I recall a very special garden I had the privilege of encountering in 2012, quite the thing of beauty already in May of that year. The striking entrance through the deer fence a mystic star with poles sweeping up teepee style. Whoever originally designed the garden chose to shape the beds in a configuration of an Egyptian ankh. The cross piece in this case circles around several large stones, which warm up the immediate beds to speed up growing time by a few weeks. In May, beds of kale and brussel sprouts had over wintered from the previous season.
The circling raised beds making up the arms of the cross, consisted of three rows of raspberries – in spring just recently leafing out and brilliantly green; with an inner bed added while I was there, separating it from the inside row of raspberries to create another vegetable bed. I busied myself during my stay, putting in coriander, beets, radish, quinoa, broccoli, a patch of sunflowers for sprouting and another patch hopefully to see yellow heads bobbing. Bending and squatting, dropping in each tiny seed it’s easy to fall into a meditative rhythm. I found a fellow volunteer, Ollis, entranced by the whole community of bugs, ants and worms he had disturbed turning up a rock, all living harmoniously in the cool rich earth.
The other arm of the cross had a wide bed of strawberries – all looking by early June like they had been putting out new energy as the days lengthened and warmed. At the end of the strawberry “patch” a lilac bush, promised soon to be in bloom. The inner wide bed was again a vegetable patch with a plum tree at one end – under which I put in a few nasturtium and onion sets. I spent a while putting in two varieties of beets giving them a longer season by covering with a small moveable greenhouse in the fall. Had I had more time with this garden, I planned more vegetables to go in over the month of June.
The legs of the cross being more shaded were established borders of perennial beds of blackberry, grape and asparagus on one side and more strawberries on the other. A bed of blueberries, and many beds of kale, chives, garlic, lettuce, collards, spinach, tatzoi, sorrel, oriental greens, amaranth and more kale were already in the works by June, with plans for tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and squash. What abundance!
Although the area of this garden’s location is the side of a mountain which nature didn’t originally plan to be a garden, one would never know it now after many years of building up the soil. On arrival in early May, I turned in horse manure, from the hard working Taloume, and compost. Everything of course organically grown so no worries as far as chemicals and fertilizers.
Taking out a few weeds and adding in some rows of greens toward the end of one day, as the shadows lengthened I was grateful for my sense of well being and for the quiet concentration of another volunteer, Jan-Michael, helping with some transplanting. Listening to the ch cchchcchc ch ch of the irrigation nozzles from the patio over supper; seeing the robins flitting in, I recall being assured of the garden’s ability to heal through the food it offered up and through the work it required, not only for that season of 2012, but for many a future season
As with the conventional mountain pose which is carried over into all other poses, so too with this variation (refer to “Another Approach to Mountain Pose” posted May 9). Also I’ve been trying this stance in other positions, such as wide legged, cross legged (that’s a challenge), seated straight legged with feet pressed against a support, or ‘v’ body again with feet pressed to a support. For me, it has the same activating effect of many of the yoga poses with the bonus of getting my brain completely involved as if new pathways are being built between it and the muscles. Physiology has never been my strong suit. All I know is, this is fun.
Just listened to an hour length interview of Allegra Fuller Snyder and Jamie Snyder (daughter and grandson of Buckminster Fuller).
Some of the main points I got out of the video:
- Bucky’s belief that all children are born geniuses with a comprehensive view which is drummed out of them by a school system which compartmentalizes thought processes.
- In the face of such big problems as global warming, there is a tendency for people to feel hopeless and helpless. Allegra pulled out her shopping bag, noting that in the course of a day shopping, she might save 15 or 20 bags. This may seem incredibly insignificant, but “each one of us can do these very, very small things that add up to the big thing. The individual must feel absolutely responsible and effective within their everyday life.
- As of 2001, of a world population of 6.5 billion; 1.5 billion is in extreme poverty (not making it); 1.5 billion are in moderate poverty (basic needs met, have food, shelter); 2.5 billion are middle income (basic needs met; have a little put away); one billion are wealthy (the rest of us)
Very encouraging ending with Jamie saying:
“One of the fundamental insights that he (Buckminster Fuller) presented was that for the first time in history, we’ve learned to do so much with so little in terms of resources; so for the first time in history, we have the potential to sustain 100% of humanity in a way that is ecologically sustainable while phasing out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. That’s very central. AND
It is important to realize that there is a very large global consensus now; there is a very large coalition of people around the world who now understand that we can end poverty on the planet.”
Listen to the interview at <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj_lyn0982E>