This was my herbs pyramid in its early days when I was still living in a terraced house. At that time it felt like a major milestone to me because all off a sudden I was able to plant 22 different herbs instead of the few ones I had initially planted on the ground. Although I still think its beautiful it looks really tiny to me in comparison to the herbs wall with like 125 planting niches that I now call my own. Telling my story on „women who farm“ made me look at a lot of old pictures. They show all our trials and errors, the progress we’ve made and the expansion of our creative horizon the longer we live on our old farm. It made me realize again how colorful and dense my life has become since I follow this path.
In the past few days I have watched in awe how my essay was shared nearly a hundred times on private FB-pages and permaculture groups all over the world. It appeared on Geoff Lawton’s group, Perma Culture now, Permaculture pirates, and permaculture groups in Canada, Texas, Kentucky and Chile, just to name a few. It strenghtened my believe that people are quick with giving a like to a nice picture but you can really move them by telling a good story. And these stories don’t go in a straight line. It takes time, money and dedication to create something new. Therefore don’t get frustrated by comparing your own efforts to the pictures in glossy garden books, don’t start thinking gloomily of your own mingy tomatoe plants while looking at the giant ones already showing the first fruits posted by this girl without kids and the heated glas house but simply do your own thing and stick to it 🙂
When we started this whole „sustainability thing“ it sparked a lot of curiosity. Our former neighbors for example who’s garden you see in the background which more or less consists of a Thuja hedge, a bit of lawn and a huge pool, asked me a lot about it. But I also realized pretty soon that I will not make them see the beauty of my garden in the way that I do. Building an insect hotel? What for? Why would you want to have bugs in your garden?! What’s the real value of organic gardening if you think about the acid rain which will fall on these veggies anyway? Did this warm egg which you’ve just placed into my hand really came out of the booty of a chicken? … Consequently I’ve stopped to discuss with people why they shouldn’t place their compost heap on concrete just because it looks more tidy. I ignore the comments of the nice old lady living close to us who tells me again and again how much time the builder of our farm spend to keep the grass short on his property and how beautiful that looked. For me it’s not worth the effort.
Instead I simply continue with the elaboration of our permaculture design and write down what I learn from it and why I greatly enjoy it. Yes, we need people who point out what is going wrong in this world but personally I’m much better in light and bright green activism, concentrating on resilience and regeneration. So again, thank you for following me and I hope that every now and then I’ll provide you with some inspirational sparks for your own daily projects to make this world a bit greener again.