When I was a child, I would lay down and close my eyes and dive into my body. First I would see a dark sky, with clusters of galaxies and then swirl into the center of a star where it would be revealed into the cells that make up part of me. I have been reading a series of books that show the truth of my experience. Fritjof Capra’s Hidden Connections, Toby Hemenway’s Gaia Garden and learning more about the health of our soil is linked intricately to the health of our world and ourselves. “With the release last summer of the results of the five-year National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, we are told we should think of ourselves as a “superorganism,” a residence for microbes with whom we have coevolved, who perform critical functions and provide services to us, and who outnumber our own human cells ten to one.” by Mike Amaranthus & Bruce Allyn. The Atlantic
I cannot ignore anymore that we’ve as a species have made some mistakes. These mistakes are causing us to be very ill, even though we have had the greatest advances in medicine in the last 100 years. Our world is also suffering, showing the same signs of disease as our bodies. My vision with Mud and Pearls is that humans feel empowered to create the change they want to see in the world, to create a more beautiful world. And with all the influence of the incredible farms, restaurants, co-ops, seed savers, gardeners, and not to mention Nevada County’s plethora of the healers we want to share the love and all the hard work that our folks have created here.
We are bringing a new round of classes to the Mud and Pearls roster. Where in the past we have focused on building skills and DIY skills, this year we are bringing more homesteading skills. One of them is a class with Michael Rasch, all about the link between our soil health and our health. At the last Nevada County Food and Farm Conference Catherine saw Dr. Dale Jacobson speak about this issue.
“Your healthy gut flora synthesize “humic” acids, which you know, if you are an
organic farmer, are also synthesized by good soil bacteria in making “humus,” the fine
“black gold” end-product of composting that you crave even if you are a Buddhist.
Humic acids bind inorganic minerals and transport them through your gut wall to make
them available to your liver. Your normal absorption of nutrients depends on these
humic acids.” Dr. Dale Jacobson
We are more than what we appear to be. We are mostly made up of other beings, and once we become more aware of them we can nourish them and they us.