Posts in Soil
Grow the Soil

Biointensive agroecology methods- when practiced correctly - build sustainable soil fertility, reduce agricultural water consumption, increase crop yields, and offset the causes and effects of climate change by sequestering large quantities of carbon in the soil.

One-by-one, small-scale growers in Nicaragua are beginning to achieve not only food security but the possibility of food sovereignty with the right to define their own food systems and produce, distribute and consume nutritionally balanced food through ecologically sound and sustainable methods

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Dirty Movies

To understand more deeply the intricacies of the human/soil relationships, we can immerse ourselves in the book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan, and/or watch the magnificent documentary film inspired by this book: Dirt, the Movie. (www.dirtthemovie.org ) And to wholeheartedly enter the elegant and multifaceted realm of Dirt, we can go on to view The Symphony of the Soil (www.symphonyofthesoil.com) a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, which brings science, art and activism to bear on the long, long history of soil.

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Healing Soil, Saving Soil

Back in the 1920’s, a group of German farmers asked the visionary Rudolph Steiner about the falling fertility and productivity of their soil. In response, he laid the foundations for what is now called Biodynamic farming, a method which relies on seeing the whole farm as an organism, which, like our bodies, is largely self-healing, self-regenerating, when treated with loving respect.

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The Wonder of Soil

I meditated on Soil. What does Soil contain, how is Soil made? Who lives in Soil? The more I followed this, the more amazed I was. I began to think of all the Plants, Animals, and Humans who were on this property for centuries and how they contributed to the Soil. I thought of the Rocks and Stones who were ground down over eons by the Waters. I started seeing the miracle of Soil.

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Home Soil

For many, gardening is a spiritual path, a way of deepening relationships to spirit and to Earth.  In monasteries and ashrams, abbeys and spiritual communes, the tasks of gardening are often part of the spiritual practice.

My own awakening to gardening on this level came through reading Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, by Wendy Johnson

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Healing with Clay

Because the clay is known to reduce inflammation, we applied it to the physical aches. But then we went deeper; we knew the clay was drawing, so we massaged it into those areas that were holding old hurts (particularly the Breasts) and lymph areas. Going deeper, we began to decorate each other, bringing out the inner Wild Beauty. For me, Ancient memories were awakened.

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Being Grounded

The earth forever calls us home, and the "ground" of any true culture lies in the soil. It's that in-between common world of civilization and wild nature, that place where relationship is formed. It's where our human hands and feet marry mineral and plant, there in the world of microbes and insects, sun and rain.

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Soil in Science and Poetry

Poets and scientists have both developed a refined sense of observation of the physical/natural world.  Scientists can use this sharpened skill of observation to de-mystify and bring understanding to the mechanisms of the physical world. Poets can use their heightened sense of observation to transform the physical and allow us transcend what we might otherwise overlook as mundane.

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In Praise of Dirt

Between two particles of soil,
small invisible relations
rise and fall, feast, party and toil -
complex cultures, cities, nations...

Slow dancing in the world's embrace,
entwined with what we hold most dear -
when all is gone without a trace,
the soil will know that we were here

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Gratitude for Soil

We give thanks to the rock that has been ground fine by ice and wind and flowing water. That has been permeated by tiny patient life forms who nibble it into the dance of life. We thank you for making this Earth blanket, this bed of possibility. We give thanks to the microbes and fungi and roots who work beneath the surface, conjuring soil out of bedrock, making space for air and water and warmth to mix with the mineral.

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