In the Slocan valley of mountainous British Columbia – and seemingly in the middle of nowhere – is a little town called Winlaw, and just north of that is a little farm called White Crow Farm. In a hip, artistic way, the video above explains what they’re up to at White Crow Farm. Using the arts and a hands on approach, they are bringing people back to the land and in so doing, educating visitors about sustainable farming practices.
Below are a few quotes from the video. I, Julie, creator of Sleuth4Health – could not agree more with the first sentence in bold italic. This is where the whole discussion on industrial vs. local, sustainable farming enters philosophical waters…
As a species and as a culture, we’ve become disconnected from ourselves and from the land and from food and all the things that sustain us. Food is something that connects all of us. All of us eat and all of us are concerned about our health, our children and our grand children’s health. And so, food, farming, farmer’s markets, farmland…(are an) excellent, amazing and powerful way…to reach people and broaden and deepen the conversations we have as to where do you want to go from here? – Dirk Becker, Compassion Farm
We’ve got people growing food. I think it’s a political, environmental, spiritual and social movement. I remember my grandma telling me stories about people in Britain during the war and how everybody turned up their front lawns, had raised beds and raised rabbits and chickens, pigeons and quail or whatever was small scale and workable in a small environment like that, (like) growing vegetables. It shouldn’t take a war or a communist regime to have people grow their own food. -Madrone Timothy Fenton, White Crow Farm
I think there is a spirit that’s important we stay connected to. It’s good for us to understand these technological pathways but it’s going to be crucial for us to keep connected to the spirit of the land and the spirit of that energy of where our food comes from. – Damon Chouinard, White Crow Farm
(Edits in paranthesis are mine.)