Monday, September 3, 2012

in from a lovely garden day, harvested Tulsi, Holy Basil, and sipping hot tea. i should feel radiant, balanced, virtue and joy soon. 

Tulsi, or "the incomparable one", is thought to embody a powerful purifying radiance that refines body, mind and spirit. It brilliantly boosts immunity, generates wellness and can be used as a preventative to maintain a resilient body. Used as an herbal tea it is an adaptogen, a master balancer of physical systems, improving resistance to daily stress. In Ayurvedic terms, holy basil is considered a sattvic plant which (increases prana), maintains harmonious balance within the body and thereby produces virtue and joy in humans. 

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Labor Day 2012
In a cloud of fog hovering over Hazelbrand, this morning we are harvesting elephant garlic, mint, daikon radishes, collards, pears and our first-ever Brussels sprouts. Planted and nourished in the way Masanobu Fukuoka's "do-nothing farming."

I dedicate this Labor Day harvest to my mentor, Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution.
   "I was aiming at a pleasant, natural way of farming which results in making the work easier instead of harder...  ....To be here, caring for a small field, in full possession of the freedom and plentitude of each day, every day - this must have been the original way of agriculture."