Are there books that have inspired you to learn more about organic growing or sustainable living? Perhaps you were encouraged to start WWOOFing by reading about someone’s experiences or maybe your journey to becoming a host started with a fireside delve into organic theory? Or are books a thing of the past – is it enough to see brightly colour blogs reflecting moments of delight as you browse the night away? We are featuring some beautiful blogs via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wwoofuk ) and love them to bits. Why don’t you use the comments system on this page to tell us what really inspires you and makes you think?
To start the ball rolling: a copy of Letting in the Wild Edges by Glennie Kindred recently arrived at the WWOOF UK office. It’s a chunky paperback published by Permanent Publications and is extensively and attractively illustrated. Kindred’s intention is to inspire us to celebrate the ‘bounties of our wild native plants and find a richer relationship with the natural world around us’. Season by season, we are shown how to grow and manage native edible and medicinal plants in our gardens or on the wild edges of the land. Included are foraging tips and many recipes for making kitchen medicines and delicious food from our finds as well as ways to celebrate the seasons.
Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine, has written the foreword which includes the following: ‘Letting in the Wild Edges is the story of this journey. It is a joyful, creative synthesis of both the spiritual and the practical, season by season. It is not only to be read and enjoyed for its artistry, or as a journal of activities and celebrations, we can live it too. This is Glennie’s gift – her ability to navigate an ancient healing pathway – and to open a portal that we can all enter. In doing so we not only bring harmony to our inner lives, we reflect it in our outer actions. We deepen our ability to live more gentle, low impact and creative lives.’
Would her approach motivate you? What are your organic must reads? We’d love to hear. Our readers can buy a copy at 25% discount from here: http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/