It has become irrefutable that we are one family, we humans. Homo sapiens are a mere two thousand generations old. Our fate is directly linked to the health of the environment that we are locked in relationship with. The planetary systems that produce wealth and abundance, Air, Water, The Earth, Her Soils and even the Fires that keep us warm are as much a part of our lives as our personal experiences. These Gifts cannot be taken for granted without consequences for at least the next seven generations. Please forgive my photo, it is extremely geocentric but if you look past the globe, you will see part of what continues to be our garden. Since this picture was taken, we have moved the fence from behind the chicken coop so that the whole back portion of the yard is garden. We continue to get more vegetables each year and it is simply because year on year we are coming to see more clearly the relationship between energy, nutrients and moisture in deeper and more profound ways.
This is a great place to add the current wind map version of this image. Please utilize the interactive feature and look at your specific area. It is plain to see by the serpentine flows, that the rubber band that is the atmosphere is being stretched to the snapping point.
Increasing numbers of people around our planet are feeling evermore nationalistic, even though lines of demarcation don’t really exist in the real world. We can study the facts of history and find that nationalism, leads to grave abuses. Some, conceive of their location, their sense of “home”,as an airport code, an interchange, exit from the super-slab, specific “Michigan Turn”, or perhaps even as intimate as a zip code, but for others, the ones who are in my tribe, we identify home as the distance we walk around our neighborhoods each day, or the confines of our property, where infinite interrelationships play out daily (and different ones play out nightly.)
What constitutes my “home” has increased exponentially this Summer and how it happened is still shrouded in mystery even from my own perspective. I finally got my first apprentice, her field of interest is herbs and healing. This increased my attention to details like what is where, how healthy it is and why. Concurrently, I have been experimenting with the creation of more and more bio-char. What continues to blow my mind, about it is that each handful of this material has about fourteen acres of surface area. It can adsorb nearly six times it’s weight in water, allowing organic agriculture folks a way to exponentially increase surface area upon which healthy soil organisms can make their living. My home, and the areas around it, has far more living soil, and soil organisms, than just a few short years ago.
Looking into the heart of the dragon…I only generate a bit more than a gallon of char at a time, the retort is that partially airtight container roasting away. Most of my experimentation has been with cheap and effective ways to crush char to powder, but my use of clean sawdust as the feedstock, in my current process, assures that I don’t have to grind the material to powder, saving much energy and airborne dust.
When we learn how to double the production of arable land, through the use of biochar, it can reduce the impact of food production in the rest of the biosphere. Oil has dropped below the price needed to economically justify continued fracking two of the largest “oil fields” in Central Canada. U.S. fields are underwater, because the cost of producing outstrips the income they can make for their dirty oil. When we understand fully that the “home” is where the heart is, and that steps toward sustainability close to that home has many different pay-offs. The petrochemical and plastic Giants are falling faster than even they realize. We don’t want their black goo and the ecological destruction that it yields. Leave it in the ground, we will learn to live better, closer to home. The place I care most about is the Great Lakes Region, naturally, but what goes on to the North, South, East and West, in fact, what is going on on the other side of the planet is just as important to me. Millions are realizing this each day. Make your dreams real. Live like you mean it!