Let's not confuse "agriculture" with "agrarianism" says Steven McFadden in his new book, The Call of the Land. Then we might think more deeply about our relationship to the earth.
"As a matter of survival, the land is calling out to us. As a matter of survival, we must listen and respond," he says. "We have the potential to do this with a wisdom that will reverberate for generations to come."
McFadden is a journalist and Reiki Master who is also influenced by Native American spirituality. In fact, he produces an e-book, "Native Knowings: Wisdom Keys for 2012 and Beyond." It taps the wisdom of contemporary Native American spiritual elders regarding the land, which can be especially useful as we transition out of the Oil Age.
Basically, the book is a resource guide describing projects citizens, communities, farmers, churches, and even corporations have pursued as options to our industrialized food system. The book also provides information for readers who want to become part of a network for change.
People are "healing the land" to make "sustainable oases" in their neighborhoods and communities because they are stepping up to provide their own leadership, gifts and talents rather than rely on government or some outside body to give them answers to our future.
"The best and possibly the only way to ensure a healthy, sustainable future is to create it," says McFadden.
He also contends that if we choose agrarianism, we can "encircle the Earth with a sustainable culture of integrity, beauty and natural prosperity."
Lofty words and visions but they could be indeed a means toward a more sustainable future and a closer, more authentic relationship with the land, Nature and each other.