“We’re talking about natural farming,” I say to Eilif one sunny morning, “So we must have some idea of what the nature in natural farming actually is. What is nature? And – therefore, the question must arise – what is not nature? Because surely, by non discriminating knowledge, well, everything is nature isn’t it?” I’ve […]Read more "WHAT IS NATURE?"
“Eilif,” I say, “I want to know how to kill a chicken.” “Oh yes, yes,” he says quietly. “If I kill it,” he offers, “will you eat it?” I take a deep breath and prepare to put the last nail in the coffin of veganism. We’re sitting at the table, and the shadows stretch long […]Read more "SACRED DEATH"
“The current system,” Eilif murmurs, wielding a machete in hat and sunglasses at the bottom of the hill where we’ve been hauling out crabgrass, “is based on war. War against nature. In this system, you attempt to force, coerce and control nature, so you use machines, pesticides, herbicides, bulldozers.” He moves over to the wild […]Read more "ONE STRAW REVOLUTION"
It’s my first week, and I’m crying under the stars in a chicken field. I’ve just arrived from the aguas termales, hot springs 38 degrees Celsius in an enchanted forest in the valley some twenty minutes walk away – and our only bathroom – and I’m warm and sleepy and happy. Or was, anyway, until […]Read more "TEARS ARE AN EXPRESSION OF THE SOUL"
I spent a month on Carola and Eilif Leidulvstad’s farm inspired by Fukuoka’s ‘One Straw Revolution’ and Natural Farming in the Andes in Peru. Here, I’ll be sharing stories of that month, revelations and new insights gathered into permaculture and life in general. “On this side is the wharf. On the other side […]Read more "LIFE AND DEATH ARE ONE"
Here in Part Two I discuss how I changed and what the surprises were whilst living seven weeks at at Kadagaya Project in the high jungles of Peru over late Feb to early April. Part One discusses what it was like and what I did. How did I change? Sleep 8pm means bedtime, 6:30am means wake […]Read more "KADAGAYA PROJECT: PART TWO"
I spent almost seven weeks at my second Workaway at Kadagaya Project in Junin over the end of February 2016 to almost mid-April, in the breathtaking high jungles of Peru and I’m convinced I’m going back there for a good few months if not half a year on my return to Peru. As I’ve had […]Read more "KADAGAYA PROJECT: PART ONE"