Hello, Everyone! My name is Krystal Graybeal, and like the other students here, I will be sharing aspects of my internship journey with you. For the past couple of years I have been studying Permaculture with (among many talented others) Abrah Dresdale -our dedicated Farm and Food Systems coordinator and mentor extraordinaire-, as well as Home and Advanced Herbalism with the wonderful Brittany Wood Nickerson in Amherst, MA. Individually, these two subjects have proven to be the most valuable and engaging of my educational experience so far– so imagine my wonder when Abrah suggested a melding of the two- Local Food as Medicine! (Keep your eyes peeled for my next post to find out exactly what I mean by that- it’s likely not quite what you might think!)
How are these two subjects related?
Permaculture is about much more than growing food. One of my favorite definitions of Permaculture comes straight from Ryan Harb, Permaculture Academic Coordinator at UMASS Amherst. “Permaculture is really about solutions. It’s about taking all the problems we have in the world and making something good out of them.” To me, it is about healing the land itself, as well as our human connections with the land, and with one another. And Brittany’s motto is “Healing Starts at Home.” How true. So much can be accomplished when we all take small steps in the same direction.
Here, over the next several weeks, I will update with local plant profiles, do-it-yourself tutorials, and highlight some of the local folk who made these things their livelihood.
I would like to leave you with a question today: What sort of relationship do you have with the land around you? Or with the food you eat?
“The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson