Tag Archives: society

Farms On The Move.

In every aspect of human endeavour, there is a pressing need to find new ways of thinking about how we can evolve and grow and flourish. Our civilisation is on the edge of extinction, and if we keep repeating the things that got us here, there is only one logical outcome, our society will collapse and I for one would not want to be around if that were to happen. Luckily I don’t actually believe that we will end up in our own version of “Mad Max”, or any of the countless end of the world movies that have been made over the years.

Mad Max II.

Mad Max II.

Agriculture is a part of our society that could do with some changing, and Joel Salatin has some inspiring ideas on what the new generation of farmers might look like. Firstly there is the fact that advances in technology have made it possible to create portable systems for growing food and keeping livestock. It means that you no longer need to own the land in order to be a farmer, this in itself is an incredibly radical notion, and makes it a lot easier for young people to get into an industry that requires a lot of capital for land and infrastructure.

Another suggestion that Joel makes is that young entrepreneurs create collaborative relationships with farmers, they can build a business that is complementary to the existing farm. It also means that the farmer has support as they are getting older, so there is a real win win situation going on here. It seems there are many different ways in which different enterprises can be stacked on top of each other, it reminds me of a story I heard Bill Mollison tell many years ago about a Japanese farmer. With ducks swimming in the rice paddies there is no need for weeding or chemicals, and the rice actually grows taller and is more dense than it would otherwise be. http://www.permaculturenews.org/author/Bill%20Mollison

There is no shortage of bright ideas on how to re-design the way that we live on this planet, the real question is will we manage to make the changes in time. As an eternal optimist my vote is definitely a big YES!

Outspoken agriculture revolutionary Joel Salatin has designs to redeem our food system. He is the author of a number of books including “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”.
In this video he passionately explains that this is the best time ever to get into farming and guess what: you do NOT need to buy a big parcel of land to get started.
Hear about his idea for “portable farms” to get young entrepreneurs started right here!

Spirit In The City.

My recent trip away demonstrated to me once again that part of my role is to be a bridge between different worlds, in a shamanic sense we are talking about otherworldly realms. But in societal terms it is about moving in circles that almost feel like they are on different planets, even though they are in the same city. Rich and poor is an obvious contrast but even within the one strand you will find a huge variety in how people think about the meaning of life.

Sydney, Australia.

Sydney, Australia.

What I do encounter in the city on the rare occasions when I do go there, is the sense that a lot of the time people are actually trying to avoid thinking about meaning and purpose in relation to themselves. This is of course endemic in the culture but somehow it feels a lot stronger in a place where there are so many people packed into the environment. Everyone is rushing around until its time to settle in front of the television and turn off the brain, more of a dulling down in my opinion rather than relaxation.

Jacaranda trees in the city.

Jacaranda trees in the city.

Of course not everyone is looking to play their part in the latest zombie movie, I spent a few days with a friend who is a ray of sunshine in the cityscape. She held a toning night for me where I got to meet other amazing souls and connect with old friends. We toned for a woman in her nineties who was passing over at that time and it was incredibly powerful, I was toning with two of my toning buddies the next day and we felt it when she passed.

So if your destiny is to be in an urban landscape there is no reason why it cannot be a positive and uplifting journey, there is much to be done to change the way we do cities and the right people need to be there playing their part. For me though, the country is where I must be, this is where the land and I will sing together, nestled in the bossom of a wondrous and caring community.

May the land and I be one, forever and ever, amen……………..HO!