By Sophie Nougué
Part 3. The song of the plants
Surprising as it may seem, I have never wandered as far as in recent months. There is a reason for this: to learn how to cultivate the land to become autonomous in its place of life by going to see what others are doing in new generation eco places. If I still have the wonderful memory of my grandmother’s vegetable garden, I had never realized all the love that each of her gestures instilled in the hollows of the furrows. I also realized that planting to harvest, feed and feed others has a spiritual, quantum, profoundly inspiring dimension. If respect for the ecosystem, its intelligent vibrational energy is at the heart of the intention, then the seed makes the choice of abundance.
In the wild, each species contributes to the synergy between all living things. The needs of animals and plants are aligned with fundamental partnerships and the ecosystem regulates itself independently. In ancient times, the place of man, his interventionism was limited. He picked, took what he needed, his impact was almost nil. Yield-seeking has upset this balance with massive use of chemical inputs that is essential for the survival of species, including its own. Unfortunately, human beings have this ability to mistreat what is most precious to them.
In organic market gardening, each gesture meets two principles: observe and anticipate. In an organic production mode, if a disease sets in, the crop is lost, as simple as that. The use of organic inputs is possible in prevention, limited in healing. If I weed the strawberries, it is not to remove a “bad” weed but to allow drip to water the foot that bears young fruits. I avoid the dispersion, waste, of a precious resource, water. If I turn my attention to the land and the plant, I give myself a chance to pick beautiful strawberries to fill the baskets of the families for which I am responsible. Unfortunately, the important work of this type of market gardening, combined with low incomes, condemns this type of agriculture.
For the past ten years, another method of ecological, global, holistic design has developed and allows to produce while respecting the soils, the ecosystem, biodiversity, it is permaculture. The principle is simple, it consists of putting back plants grown in the natural environment and letting phytosociology do the rest. The understanding of biodiversity, its arrangement, the complementarity of the plant, the mineral, the animal is based on the notion of balance. Nature adjusts itself to what is good for it. In permaculture, human intervention is minimal, he observes, listens, dialogues, accompanies or let do. The living soil loves luxuriance, abundance. The more humans give themselves the means to respect the wild environment, its functioning and the more likely he is to ensure his food survival. It is no longer just a matter of paying attention to resources, it becomes urgent to relearn how to use them.
If you are still hesitating about what you’d like to do in your next ten years, check out what’s happening on the wild grass side. Let yourself be invaded by biodiversity, listen to the plants sing, feed your connection with the wildlife. Life calls for life, rediscover the joy of a simple gesture, that of reaching out. Sow seeds, sow all around you, as much as you can, sing, dance, celebrate life, reconnect with your universal reserve of wisdom.
About Sophie Nougué: she’s a French Padi Owsi & Aquatic Relaxation Practitioner. Passionate about life in all its forms, she studies Non Violent Communication and support people in emotional regulation.
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