First bed preparations of the season!
We remove the mulch layer, say hi to the worms, decompact with the broadfork, even the beds and for some crops, we spread our homemade compost.
We strive to dig and disturb the soil as little as reasonably possible, because it is an essential ecosystem that functions best when it doesn't get destroyed by tillage, which kills soil organisms and damages the natural structure allowing water and nutrients to move around. It's also less work, which is nice.
Our way of growing food, or rather to facilitate the growing of food, is to tend and care for the land before taking from her, and to give back afterwards. With this simple mindset, we create a beneficial relationship with the land.
For example, when we are spreading our compost, we are not just giving nutrients and improving soil structure. This compost is a co-creation of natural forces and human will, it is embodied life energy from us and from the biomass that it came from. So when we spread it on a bed, we also give ourselves, our energy and our intentions to the Earth.
With this mentality, a garden is much more than a place to grow food, it is also a place to grow human beings. Through regenerative gardening, one can truly feel that Earth is alive, whole and sacred, which is a necessary step to behave in a way that supports life, not just a cool Instagram quote.
It's like going to church, except that it's open everyday, you get free delicious food, outdoor exercise and get to save the world at the same time.
What's happening in the ecovillage? What projects are we running at the moment? Here you can follow our work and find out about exciting news and events!