June 23, 2024
Location: Earthhaven Farm
1619 Vanderwater Road (Thomasburg), Tweed, Ontario, Canada, K0K 3H0
Come and learn about wildculturing and the larger arc of our agricultural history; how it has birthed, and been birthed by culture from the Mesolithic to the Anthropocene.
To paraphrase E F Schumacher “methods of land use and agriculture always perfectly reflect a society’s world view, and how it treats its citizens.”
If you have any doubt about this, think about land use and culture at any point in history. Or think about today’s agriculture. Most of our food comes from highly controlled GMO monocultures. And most people’s diet, is now limited to a few extremely domesticated species, which are then highly processed to make ‘cheap’ food. And think about how all forms of healing that have been excluded from our one type of funded medicine, and the almost complete conformity to the industrial system. These realities perfectly reflect our agriculture. Yikes, looks like another totalitarian era might be a comin’.
On a more positive note, it goes to follow if you can re-create more natural forms of agriculture, it will reform our culture into something more naturalized, more indigenous, more diverse, more accepting of the gifts the Earth is willing to give us. We need to let the wild back into our land and lives for itself, and to inform us. We need to get back to more robust indigenous agricultural systems that require less input, maintenance and control.
We don’t have to wipe everything off the surface of the Earth every year, as it is done in conventional methods of agriculture. And even our more radical agricultural methods like permaculture are riddled with colonial thinking and appropriations. They don’t spray or plow everything under, but cover everything over and brings all new plants in, what could be more colonial?
We can have a much lighter and more integrated touch if we know the land and plants, helping to shift ecologies into more abundance while keeping their wildness, resilience and diversity intact.
By working with indigenous forms of agriculture I developed what I call Wildculturing. This is based on reality and thousands of years of practice, not theory. In wildculturing we are always working with or trying to mimic lovely productive configurations of plants that happen naturally in niche biotas. Such undisturbed communities are getting harder to find as the wilderness continues to be irradiated, so now is the time for us to step up and start to co-create with nature to help co-create these rich biological niches in service, not just for ourselves, but for the dwindling wild.
6 hour workshop, 10-4, bring your own lunch or snacks
PAYMENT – Sliding scale $60-140 asking price $85