My guest for this episode is Dan De Lion, a forager, teacher, and permaculture practitioner from New Jersey who runs the excellent website ReturnToNature.us.
During our conversation today Dan and I discuss the intersection between foraging and gardening, cultivated foods and wild human nutrition, and how we can bring about a slow revolution by trading our time and money for our well-being and that of our community in a way that starves the more destructive elements of our culture of the nutrients it needs.
That sounds like a lot to cover, and it is, but the pace is a steady and even one thanks to Dan’s measured and thoughtful consideration of each point that we cover.
You can find out more about Dan and his work at ReturnToNature.us. Check out his schedule of upcoming classes and if you get a chance, consider taking one.
One of the points that stuck with me from this conversation is that we are all still members of the natural world, even as much as we feel separated from it at times. We can use foraging and permaculture to reconnect to natural systems and cycles by shifting our time and energy away from commercial production and consumer anesthetics to nourishing traditions of food and community.
Along the way we can foster relationships with plants so that as much as we use them, they use us to scatter seed and disturb soil. As we improve our understanding of the natural world, by building up our mental database of plants, including their uses, we foster knowledge and ethics that allow us to move more intentionally through our actions which encourages ever slower and smaller solutions.
As I mentioned during the interview, permaculture and the change necessary to make a lasting difference will take lifetimes and be delivered upon the generations we will never meet, but we must begin today if we haven’t already. I’ll be reposting Matt Winter’s The Gift for release this Saturday, March 7 for folks to listen, as a reminder of the get rich slowly approach we should have when making design choices, including what it is we will put into our bodies as food or medicine.
If there is any way I can assist you on your path, please get in touch.
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Dauphin, PA 17018
Finally, Jen Mendez of Permiekids.com, who I will be interviewing and getting interviewed by in turn in a few weeks, has an upcoming Edge Alliance on Sunday March 29, 2015 from 7 to 8PM Eastern. Join Jen to discuss Rites of Passage for Young Children.
Next week I return with an interview with Stephen Barstow, author of Around the World in 80 Plants.
Until the next time spend each day building a better world by taking care of earth, your self, and each other.
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Sam Thayer’s Books
Sam Thayer’s Interview
Arthur Haines’ Books
Steve Brill’s Books
Leda Meredith’s Northeast Foraging
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms
Peterson’s Guide (Recommended with Reservations)
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide