Once a month we head out to the farm that Bo and I lived on for a while when we first started our transitional rent-free leg of the Nothing New project… We head out there because we love it there, we love the people there, we love the calm – but we also get out there to get our hands in the dirt and to help things to grow. The farm hold a monthly seed planting day for the local community, where everyone is welcome to bring their seeds and plant them together. It’s a beautiful morning that is full of laughter and conversation – plenty of healthy debate and lots of cake and coffee.
By coming together we grow not only seedlings but a stronger and more resilient community.
There is something very therapeutic (and useful) about sowing seeds. Whether you follow the planting guide by the moon or you just stick some random seeds in the dirt, it’s cleansing. A very basic and simple process of sorting, swapping and labelling, of mixing compost and peat, of sifting and filling trays with the heady scent of dirt. The kids make lines of soy beans and runner beans and drop sunflower seeds into holes made by little fingers… to some these activities may seem merely repetitive and monotonous, but process is important…even to the smallest of people.
When we see the tiny shoots break through the top of the soil, I can’t help be in quiet awe of the power of nature. All of the goodness in a seed that lays dormant, waiting, biding it’s time for the perfect conditions to begin to unfurl. New life makes life easier to understand. The hothouse is full of little signs of spring, and as we move into yet another season in our lives I can’t help but wonder what it will bring. Choosing to make space for connection, choosing to make time for myself, choosing to allow myself to grow and change with all the new things that is sure to bring.
There is nothing better than connection. With people. With the earth. Even if just for a few hours.
The more I pare back our life and find simpler ways to use our time the more I am growing to understand that true happiness comes not from things or even necessarily from purpose… but instead it comes from meaning. There is meaning in every moment and there is an inherent meaning in all of us – all we have to do is seek it out.
Besides, growing our own food might just be the second most important thing that any of us can do to cultivate beautiful communities and eventually, to change the world.
(The first of course, is to be kind)