I am highly interested in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, herbalism, healing through food, food as medicine, plants as “co-creators” and cohabitants with us on Earth and how we can connect with ancient and new wisdom through nature. I have nomadic ancestry and still feel a strong nomadic nature.
I know that seems strange to talk about on a digital forum, because digital forums are kind of the opposite of getting deeply internal, reaching out to ancestors, interacting with nature, listening to nature or even gardening!
But basically I thought I would put this ideal of mine right up front because may as well “aim for the stars” right? I feel it is a really important value to me so just the opportunity to voice this value alone is rewarding. (Thank you IC.org and Neil for the invitation to test run the forum).
I would love to connect with any community seeking to grow 100% of their own food, even if all they have accomplished so far (or all they will ever accomplish) is 10% or 1%. 100% local isn’t precluding trade, barter or long-distance treats, but I feel a close relationship to Earth is an important value for me. So yeah, who else is interested in this? I want to weigh it in myself, learn how to make it realistic and whether I feel capable of making it realistic.
I love gardening but I don’t want to do it alone. I really loved the East Wind model where Richard basically coordinates how it goes and anyone can jump in and do weeding or planting according to a plan that serves the community well.
I also want to gain necessary sensitivities on the debates around “English” words and concepts that are a result of colonization and wrongheaded thinking. I have heard for example that “wildcrafting” can be a controversial word because responsible harvesting is not just “if you see it take it” (stealing from Earth or Earth caretakers) but rather an extreme awareness of a network of interrelationships (anarchy).
Does anyone chat on the permies.com forum about related topics?
Would anyone be excited to create community together based on all the most amazing, green, bio-diverse and regenerative ideas that can be found in ethically sound ways (i.e.; not just appropriating everything we see)?