As I come off the back of a Local Grower’s Collective meeting (a little word on this later, below) I am realising two things:
1. Pruning is a real art form – requiring one to balance a hierarchy of botanical priorities, physical practicalities and a gambler’s nerve for now vs the future, and
2. It reminds me just how many facets there are to learn about when you become interested in a lifestyle more closely connected with growing/sustainability/simplicity/tradition etc etc (insert your unavoidable and inevitably stereotyping lifestyle descriptor here….)
It’s like a web – once in, you get tangled up in all sorts of wonderfully interesting threads, all connected together. And so much so, it can be hard to get out! Not that I imagine many people want to move away from this kind of life once they find it – more like once you start learning, you can’t stop. Maybe its more apt to describe it as some kind of enchanted garden that has seemingly endless nooks and niches to discover. The tricky part being, to navigate your own path.
Anyway, as a result of meeting up with new and old friends last night, I have a lot of topics rattling around in my head. I wanted to make a bit of a list of them and get them down somewhere – I thought I could do that here and share them at the same time. Perhaps it will be useful to someone? Or maybe it will just act as a “be warned – this lifestyle is highly addictive – symptoms include interest in, and possible partaking of, some or all of the following:”
- wild mushrooms, edible weeds and foraging in general
- fermented food and drinks (e.g. kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut – the list of foods on wikipedia is massive!)
- cheese making
- bee keeping
- food forests
- growing methodologies (e.g. organic, biodynamic, back to eden, eliot coleman)
- permaculture (wiki description here, Australian goings-on here)
- herbalism (growing and using medicinal herbs)
- tiny houses
- dumpster diving
- living without the use of money (e.g. through exchange like LETS, gifting or hardcore examples like that of Daniel Suelo)
- rituals and festivals celebrating the cycle of seasons, the year or our own life stages
- story telling (see my little rant in a previous post here)
- indigenous cultures and the myriad of skills they use(d) to live off the land
- handcrafts like: basketry/weaving; spinning yarn; knitting/crocket; sewing…..
No doubt there is more to add – I just wanted to get those ones out of my head and in one place! Feel free to add your own …
I also wanted to talk about the Local Growers Collective here in Adelaide too – because it’s a great initiative. Essentially the ‘GroCo’ (as you will come to know it) is a network of people with an interest in growing – in any form that might take: currently growing; wanting to grow; novice; expert – whatever, it’s all good. Those who can, come together for a meeting, (about every six weeks), somewhere in Adelaide. The format is casual and normally includes some type of workshop, tour or brainstorming session at a member’s property or one of interest to the group. It’s all topped off with a share dinner and merry socialising – voila, recipe for goodness. So if you are in the area and would like to come along, or just want know more, contact Steven on 0421 816 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks Steven for bringing us the GroCo and happy lifestyle addictions everyone!