I am an idealist who was told her whole life that she could not do the thing she dreamed; make a difference for the betterment of the world. Time after time I was told that I just had to accept the status quo. I was told that I needed to get a job in the non-profit sector in order to help, but my instinct told me that solution wasn’t really a solution at all. The other option seemed to be make money by any means and then donate it to a non-profit. This didn’t make any sense to me. Surely there was another way. Be independently wealthy and donate? Haha. Finally, having been granted a certain ideology my whole life, I decided that a career was the thing to get in order to be stable; that is, to be granted the privilege of a roof over my head, food, clean water…you know, basic human rights (again, can this be right?!). So I decided that one thing I’d like to do was teach adults and I went back to school for my master’s so that I could potentially teach in a college one day.
By the time I went for my degree I had twins with food allergies and early tooth decay caused by my own intake of antibiotics during and after labour and delivery due to a necrotic twisted ovary. I also had a partner whose passion for food led him to become a chef and then a forager. His interest in foraging waned when he recognized its inherent unsustainability and thus he started learning about permaculture. Although he’d had some close encounters with the idea previously, it was David Holmgren’s book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways to Sustainability and Beyond” that really got the concept through to him and, via him, to me. While we were learning all about agriculture, industrial agriculture and food systems at home, I was studying systems of oppression in school. It wasn’t long before I realized that food systems and systems of oppression were indelibly linked. Now, after completing my degree and doing all the research and life learning I needed to do that but also to learn about my children’s affliction and help heal their little bodies, I do believe that our food system is the single biggest thing in the way of both ecological and social justice.
With this new understanding, and the understanding that it was going to be much harder to have food sovereignty in a place like southern Ontario (where we lived on Traditional Anishinaabe Territory) we moved to a land co-operative in B.C. (on Traditional Sinixt Territory) in August 2015. We are by no means food sustainable yet, but moving to the land co-op gave us an instant boost in that it’s on its own micro-hydro system, water is provided by the same creek that houses the micro-hydro, and we instantly began practicing humanure composting. We intend to practice permaculture and hope to have a sustainable food system (within our community, at least) in the next few years.
This blog is all about what it’s like to go from consumer to conserver ideology, the implications of industrial agriculture on feminism or any anti-oppressive social movement, decolonization, emplacement, homesteading, popular culture as seen from the eyes of the enlightened, nature spirituality, the way of the warrior, defense of the land, anti-capitalism, natural parenting in an unnatural age, re-wilding, deep ecology, permaculture, etc. You name it, I’ll probably write about it. Eventually, anyway.