To tend the life of planet earth with love and compassion. To transform the way we use and manage our lands, build our infrastructure & communities and the way eat and shop and care for ourselves, so that we stop poisoning and killing ourselves and the planet. The transformation is towards a sustainable, happy and rejuvenating way of life for all that will support civilized society well into the future.
An extraordinary book about the plants that provide sustenance, life, and habitat in the arid west. This is not only an exceptional guidebook for identifying and eating wild edible plants, it is also a look into the history and cultures of this magical corner of the world. How does one survive here, when one has to? This book gets you one step closer to answering that question. By Backyard Agrarian's Liz Morgan
Quotes & Inspiration
If you don't stand up for what you believe, no one will believe you. ~ Rachel Zoe - - - We believe the economy must serve the environment - not the other way around. ~ Bludog Organics - - - Foraging teaches you to understand the life-giving potential of wild nature. Foraging will help you learn how to stop fighting nature and to allow edible, ecosystem generating plants back into your community. In this age of human-induced mass extinction, it will teach you, how to save the world. ~ Liz Morgan - - - The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~ Joseph Campbell - - - Say that your main crop is the forest. ~ Wendell Berry - - - What once were novel concepts, are now mainstream. What once felt like stepping to the fringes of society, now feels like the beating heart of it. Organic farming and supporting organics continues to gain momentum. School and community gardens are suddenly deeply woven into the fabric of American normalcy. Cities proudly are bike friendlier and friendlier. People everywhere, conservative and liberal, across the country, know that the system can’t go on like this. The trust in the global corporate system is gone and people are beginning to prepare. People are relearning survival skills, and they are realizing that their survival is totally dependant on a thriving system of wild nature around them. ~ Liz Morgan - - - Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee - - - I am most concerned, in the world today, about biodiversity collapse. Climate Change gets the press, but it is important, largely because of its contribution to biodiversity collapse - along with poisonous agriculture, sprawl, over-consumption of water, destruction of the oceans and deforestation. Our entire society and economy is organized around poisoning and eliminating biodiversity. Climate Change aggravates that by shifting bioregion locations. Sustainability, given all of this, is first and foremost, about rejuvenating biodiversity, about creating the conditions to let life flourish. - - - It's time to change our landscapes, to rejuvenate life and diversity on our own little plots of land, and in our own homes, so that as a global people, we can begin to understand our job of tending this earth. ~ Liz Morgan - - - A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. ~ Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac - - - the entire money machine should be focused on sustainability "business success" is not an excuse for destruction - - - A proper community in this day and age of peak oil, peak soil, the obesity malnutrition corporate food system epidemic, ecosystem collapse, global climate change, and almost total corporate control of our government - a proper community under these conditions, will at least recognize a responsibility to create a community that at the very least attempts to tackle these issues in some real and meaningful way. ~ Liz Morgan - - - boil a few bones in water: a pinch of salt anything else is luxury pure luxury - - - Real Solutions for sustainability. - - -
breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. - ed abbey - - -
Shun pavement Walk on dirt As much as possible - - - Heal the Earth: Heal Thyself - - - The real purpose of Poetry, Is Revolution. - - - The quest for sustainability is the modern variant of the Industrial Revolution, and it offers entire generations the opportunity to do meaningful work and redesign societies. ~ Ode Magazine - - - Learn to see The common good - - - We've got to get ourselves back to the garden. ~ Crosby, Stlls, Nash & Young - - - Rejuvenate - - - My perennial garden knows just the right pace at which to emerge in order to keep me completely tantalized. - - - This project was a recognition that we need to experiment with and practice and discuss the methods for living well in today's world. If we want to change things, we need to change things. - - - If you are going to work in sustainability you are going to have to confront people about their fundamental beliefs and system of living. ~ Liz Morgan - - - I am not afraid. I was born to do this. ~ Joan of Arc