Yesterday, Cameron and I (Manu) ran our first 'Introduction to vegetable gardening' workshop. It was an absolute joy to be part of each person's journey into growing their own food. More than this, I think we always marvel at the opportunity to spread the word on what each person can do to live more sustainably: growing food locally, regeneratively and organically insures that we not only become resilient growers, but also stewards of our small patch of topsoil.
With industrial agriculture we have seen a devastating loss of topsoil worldwide. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. In addition to this, a huge amount of carbon is escaping into the atmosphere from all different sources. Imagine how much carbon we could capture and store in our soils, and what an impact this would make if more and more of us looked after our garden soils and made compost to feed it!
With the volume of environmental issues facing us, one can easily feel helpless and overwhelmed. But as Bill Mollison said, "the solution remains embarrassingly simple." Having a regenerative and wholistic approach to growing food is one of the simple things you can do to make a difference. We find it incredibly exciting to be able to help and support people who are on this path.