“50 years ago all farming was organic. That was just farming.”
Organic is trendy for sure. I’m slowly learning that it’s necessary too though if you want a healthy you, healthy environment and healthy every-other-living-thing. In fact, sitting round the dinner table recently with some new friends and old farmers I learned that the birth of non-organic farming is relatively recent. More frighteningly I learned that it was born from a ‘quick fix’ in order to use up the excess chemical waste left over from disused ammunition in WW2. I’m not sure about you, but chemicals used in war ending up on my plate and in my body through the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and what not is not the kind of diet I want.
If that’s not a clincher, in the spirit of #OrganicSeptember, I’ve got 5 reasons to go organic for you right here.
God it’s a thrown around word isn’t it? ‘Adventure’ is on fleek. New adventure merch, pinterest boards and instagram accounts dedicated to the pursuit pop up every day.
I’ll be honest with you. The incredible images that litter these feeds – of people on the edge of precipices, falling from the sky or laying in hammocks suspended between crevices – had turned me a shade of green. I had found myself recoiling every time I read the part of my bio that makes the claim The Foraged Life is a space for adventure stories. Like I’m fobbing myself (and you) off because I’m not on a perpetual backpacking, bungee jumping, adrenalin trip.
Then I had a think, and, as often happens after a think, I had my perspective reset and realised I was being a bit of a twonk. Now, I’ve got some fresh thoughts on adventure.
‘It isn’t always comfortable or easy – carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean – but it’s always worth it, because if you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting. And that would be a pity, because your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here…
The Shepherds Barn is the definition of ‘off the beaten track,’ nestled secretly on the side of a hill somewhere in the middle of Somerset’s Mendips. That meant that the man and I got to really stretch the Landrover’s legs getting to this little retreat- driving through Dorset, into Somerset and through some proper fields.
It was magic.
I don’t need much convincing that green = good. Spaces in my home are dotted with aloe vera, cactuses, flowers from the garden and cuttings from the wild. But plants in the home take management, and if looking after living things usually ends up with dead things a few weeks later for you, I totally get how house plants would be a serious no no. You can learn the tricks of keeping plants alive though and, the benefits of having them around are more, well, beneficial than you might think! I’ve collected a handful of reasons as to why plants in the home are good for you…