Walking through the woods this past week has deepened my appreciation of change and of the rhythmic cycles that are always occurring, both within and without. The leaves have been changing color, falling to the earth, and continuing their role in the carbon cycle. The earth is inhaling, drawing the moon in closer, encouraging contemplation and reflection as we harvest the crops and prepare the land for the slowing of winter soil activity.
I just read a thought-provoking article relating to soil, soul and society by Satish Kumar. There was a takeaway quote from there (I’ve thrown the capitalization in for emphasis)—“Letting go of EGO and going into ECO.” Just think what we could be doing as a society if we held this as our collective intention. In reading the latest from the newsfeeds regarding the government shutdown, there is much at stake with our foodchain.
A client of mine recently sent me an article pertaining to a study recently done in France on pesticide residues found in wine. Although he farms organically, he is concerned that neighboring vineyards are not; he wanted to know about the potential for pesticide drift, how it would affect his grapes and vines, and ultimately the finished wine. How can he consciously label his grapes organic, he wondered, when there is a potential for contamination?