We started harvesting rice this week!
As we reap the abundance of what the Earth has given us and come to the end of a growing season full of twists and turns, it seems appropriate to quote a passage from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.
Kimmerer’s book is an inspiring guide for redefining our relationship to plants, the natural world, and the Earth from one of exploitation and greed, to one of respect and sustainability.
So as we continue our harvest, we aspire to and share Kimmerer’s “guidelines for the Honorable Harvest”:
“Know the ways of the ones who take case of you, so that you may take care of them.
Introduce yourself. Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life.
Ask permission before taking. Abide by the answer.
Never take the first. Never take the last.
Take only what you need.
Take only that which is given.
Never take more than half. Leave some for others.
Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.
Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken.
Give thanks for what you have been given.
Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken.
Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.”
Stay tuned to find out how the harvest turns out!
— Ariane Lotti