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Earth Harmony: Healing Foods for All written by Terry Rader as published in AWB Winter 2006

Terry Rader enjoys connecting people to nature helping them find their personal creativity and vision. She has been an avid lover of  plants and trees since childhood and is a self-practicing wellness herbalist. Terry makes custom herbal tea blends, tinctures, custom flower essence blends and other home remedies used in treating herself and her family (pets included) since 1994 and has continued to expand this work into the community since 2003. Please visit her site www.doedreamers.com for additional information.

As we drove away from the city, I settled into a calmer state of mind. I looked forward to getting outside and spending some time in the country. I welcomed that warm, comfortable feeling that penetrates my soul each time I get away and allow my spirit to expand. We drove past the pastures and lakes and woods – oh for the love of the trees! Rounding one last curve, we pulled into the driveway of our friend’s farm. The dogs came running, free and full of life, to greet us. The farmhouse stood strong against the big blue sky as it’s doors opened and our friends emerged to join us. We took off across the land, past the fruit trees and barns, to the gardens. Walking down the path, my eyes soaked up the light, dancing on the sweet majestic corn tassels swaying in the country breeze. With each step, I felt more grounded with the Earth. We picked some plump red tomatoes, crispy green peppers, golden sunny squash and purple earthy eggplant. I found myself wishing for a garden to tend, feeling such admiration for these stewards of the land.

As my heart exhaled a great sigh of expansion, I felt my blood connect to the dirt of the fields and remembered what one of my shaman teachers had said to me: “The land is crying out and sometimes the land chooses people to tell the story of its pain. You are one of those people, so keep telling the story.” I stood there holding the brightly colored summer harvest in my heart, tears glistening on my cheeks in the warm sunshine. I wondered how I could share this feeling of living in harmony with the Earth? I’m not a farmer. How could I help others understand the value of the land? Today, I am still receiving answers as I continue to ask the questions. Earth Harmony is just one answer. If it ignites your inner desire to want to make changes for the sustainability of Earth and mankind, it is a garden worth tending. We are all a part of this beautiful bounty and I am honored to help it grow with these simple seeds I sow.

One thing we all have in common is WE HAVE TO EAT. The food we eat is the foundation for all natural medicine. If you are feeling out of balance, perhaps the first thing to consider is your food. If you are not eating pesticide-free or organically grown food, you may be loading your liver, kidneys, heart and lungs with more chemicals than they can process. If you are not shopping from local sources for your food, meat, bread, cheese, milk, honey, etc., then you are supporting the loss of our Earth’s precious fuels to truck your dinner in.

By supporting your local farmers, you build community – you contribute to the healing of the Earth, which in turn continues to feed you with healing foods. Some people believe that organic foods cost too much. When you add up the nutritional value, it far outweighs the cost. You’d have to eat extra large portions of processed food to get the equivalent nourishment. And that’s exactly what Americans are doing, eating more than they should, seeking satisfaction from food that is simply not healthy. Pat Bush of Handance Farms explains: “How can you have a healthy community if you depend upon other places to grow your food? The life-force energy of the food we eat is what makes us healthy. Most foods begin to lose life-force as soon as they are picked. I am always awed when I see the life-force of the food we produce – it glows! This comes from a combination of healthy, balanced soils and planting with celebration and ceremony … this is what supports a healthy community … When people ask me what makes your food so different, I reply with this: You know how you say grace before you eat? We say grace before we plant.” You can find Pat and Brian’s remarkable produce at The Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market.

I know first-hand what she is saying to be true. Her foods and flowers have an energy that is missing from the store-bought varieties. Soups made with her veggies are like Medicine soups, they are healing and satisfying. You walk away from a meal made with fresh food feeling nurtured, like you would after eating at your Grandmother’s house. Part of the reason that Grandmother’s meals were so appreciated by our bodies is that she cooked with foods that were in season. Our bodies have a connection to the time of year that certain foods are harvested. When we eat with the seasons, we connect to an ancient form of gratification.

January is a great time to make a commitment to healing yourself and the community with the purchase of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are formed by a group of individuals who agree to support a farm by purchasing a CSA at the beginning of the growing season. The CSA subscriptions allow the farmers to buy their seeds and supplies upfront. And the farmers provide CSA members with a weekly share of the harvest.

Begin the New Year with healthy food from local resources. You’ll have lots of choices with all that is available today, not to mention the fun and fellowship that goes along with shopping in a bustling year-round market with unique products such as Goat Lady Dairy’s wonderful goat cheeses. Steve Tate shared this: “Our goal at Goat Lady Dairy is to build a sustainable way of working and living. We believe that the food we produce improves in quality as we nourish our partnership with the land and animals here.”

Feed your community as you feed yourself and your family – keep the circle flowing. Doing this today will mean a greater harvest for us and for the Earth tomorrow.

Thank you for this wonderful article Terry and I’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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