“I listen, and when I do all is well.”

June 28, 2009

When the Rail Runner Express pulled into the Santa Fe train depot on Friday morning, June 26, Yvonne Scott stepped off. We began a conversation about the land and a prodigious web of related matters.

Yvonne Scott

Yvonne Scott

Yvonne is an environmental enhancer, a land and garden restoration specialist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a woman possessed of a discerning eye and deep experience. After driving away from the train depot, we spent the day together touring gardens in the city and the county, and she shared insights concerning the call of the land.

“My process of being with the energy of a garden is not very mysterious or exciting. Since I was a child, I could communicate with the various members of the backyard or garden or whatever. This is something I’d like to share with others so they can understand that all life forms communicate and are willing to do so with us on one condition: that we listen, not talk. We’ve been doing the ‘talking’ for thousands of years and look where we are. The green realms have our best interests are their core and see themselves in us.

“I recently had the experience of a cucumber plant being eaten to its stem by bugs. When I began to dig it up, it communicated to me to leave it alone and pay more attention with water. Well, the leaves were full of holes, the stem was nearly broken in two, but I gently replanted, mounded new soil around the base of the stem and watered carefully for over a week. Yesterday two new leaves appeared at the base. There is hardly enough green leaf for photosynthesis, yet this plant wants to live and live where I planted it in spite of the risks that bugs could get it again although it tells me that won’t happen.

“I don’t do woo-woo things or fancy rituals or complicated mixtures of this and that. I listen and when I do all is well. It’s the learning to listen that is key and something I’d like to help others to practice more. That’s what I wanted to share with you.”

Yvonne Scott of Environmental Enhancers and Outrageous Gardens, is based in Albuquerque, NM environmentalenhancers@gmail.com

A Billion Hungry People on Earth, More Coming Fast

June 14, 2009

bThe United Nations World Food Program reported this week that there are over a billion hungry people among the approximately 6.8 billion human beings now alive. That means that over one in seven of us is hungry or starving, and the number is rapidly climbing upward

“This year we are clocking in on average four million new hungry people a week, people who are urgently hungry,” according to Josette Sheeran, head of the UN Program.

At the G8 food summit in Rome last week, she told Reuters news service that high food prices have pushed another 105 million people into hunger in the first half of 2009.

The global financial crisis has made things worse. In terms of staple food, people in poorer countries today can only afford about a third of what they could afford three years ago.

Meanwhile, in an independent but equally ominous echo, the esteemed National Geongraphic has just published a special report on food and hunger – the end of plenty. “Last year the skyrocketing cost of food was a wake-up call for the planet,” Joel K. Bourne Jr. reported in the magazine.

“High prices are the ultimate signal that demand is outstripping supply, that there is simply not enough food to go around.”

Yet with world population spiraling toward nine billion by mid-century, these experts now say we need a repeat performance, doubling current food production by 2030.

In other words, we need another green revolution. And we need it in half the time. We also need it to be a clean, sustainable revolution, for the synthetic chemicals of the first ‘green revolution’ have proven themselves to be toxic and at variance with a healthy planet; the hybrid crops have shown themselves to be fragile; and ongoing overdoses of chemical fertilizer and pesticides have ruined vast stretches of agricultural terrain, and are suspected carcinogens.

Last year a massive study called the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development concluded that the immense production increases brought about by science and technology in the past 30 years have failed to improve food access for many of the world’s poor. The six-year study, involving some 400 agricultural experts from around the globe, called for a paradigm shift in agriculture toward more sustainable and ecologically friendly practices.

Though many people still do not hear it yet, hunger is one of the loudest voices calling from our land. This blog, and in particular the links page, offer direction and models that can be emulated by awakened citizens who recognize the wisdom of taking action now for food security.

Bringing the Land Back to Life

June 8, 2009

Soil“Remember that in general any piece of land in nature is receptive. Any degraded land that you encounter and engage can be remediated – brought back to healthy life with the proper principles and practices that mimic nature. If you manage the soil and take care of it, then you are promoting the basic life-giving cycle that wants to come forth. All kinds of land can be brought back.  – Steve Diver, Sustainable Growth Texas

“So much is in our thinking and our intention. Understand that when you cultivate and improve even one square foot of soil, it goes on alive and enriched for 200 years. Your name will be long forgotten, but that soil will continue to live and to heal the land for generations.”  – Shabari Red Bird Woman (Shabari Lynda Bird), Wonderworkers, Georgia

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