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    Network Record Number: 8006
    This record (8006) last updated: Jul 07, 2008
    First Name: Ekko
    Last Name:
    Organization: Food Not Bombs
    State: BC
    Country: CANADA
    URL: http://
    Why are you here?

    To go further.

    To connect to more people who understand these things.

    Any other personal information/resources/advice/ideas to share?

    I was so glad to see i am not alone with my crazy ideas about agriculture!

    I grew up on a small scale organic farm in the middle of a national forest, homeschooled, and then self schooled, and nearly entirely isolated from the outside world, i had a lot of time to think, and a lot of influence from the many other than human beings around me. So growing organic food was the normal way to me, as it was for countless generations before me, 'store food' was abnormal. However, as i got older i started to realize some things, for example we didn't actualy grow all our own food, we bought some of it from a food buying club every month or every few months. So i started to wonder about how to grow grains and extract oil, this i learned was very hard, and began to realize that leaver people don't really eat a lot of grain for a good reason! There were also many chores in the garden which i felt were unecessary, (weeding, squashing bugs, tilling) partially because they were unpleasant and i was finding ways to get out of them, but definitely there was a deep rooted insinct that it was not natural. I started to have a lot of moral issues with it the more i thought about it. I actually didn't like being around humans much and prefered the woods, or at least the garden and wild parts of the yard. Very fortunately i learned a lot from the woods, the trees and the animals there as well, which continue to guide a lot of my thought process. I became more open to community through the years and now acutally like people a lot, but realize that in order to live in such a situation we must have a common vision, a lot of solidarity, and spiritual connection strong enough that the community won't tear apart within a few months or years of getting to know eachother.

    That may be the hardest part of living sustainably.

    I had a couple of years of living in the city after i turned 17 (i was somewhat trapped by my parents on the land until then) Mainly i was looking for people interested in leaving the cities and forming a community. This didn't work out too well, i found people talk a lot and very few were actually willing to do it. So i'm still looking.

    After travelling for a while i intend to settle down and live a sustainable lifestyle combining forraging with ecological gardening (low maintinence, permaculture).

    One goal of mine is to help raise awareness (and dispel myths) about organic foods & traditional medicines (food IS medicine!), and take it further, even beyond 'organic' which has come to mean little more that a higher price and hippy friendly packaging. To help make it more available to the public.

    In Norwegian in fact 'organisk' refers to organic matter, as in chemistry. '√łkologiske' (ecological) is the term for what english speakers think of as organic. And to be ecological means a lot more than just not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

    Being able to eat healthy food should be a right, not a luxry. We're not picky or holier than thou because we want to eat the foods that our ancient ancestors ate.

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