Letter From The Publishers March 2013
Feb 28, 2013 11:18PM
My first and fondestmemories are of timesspent in open spaces,when I was fortunate enough tohave miles of green landscapewhere I could roam. Years later, Ifind myself craving a daily doseof this familiar inspiration, asinhaling sweet fresh air and con-necting to a much larger universe instills a welcome serenity.Recently my cherished morningruns in the silence of dawn havebeen enlivened with scents of anew season. Lush views here in theNortheast capture a rich palette of changing seasons and create a perfect backdrop for our region’s history of agriculture, reflecting centuries worth of beliefs and life- styles that are close to the earth, as described in our local feature, p. 22. Taking in these vibrant morning horizons has become a meditation I carry with me into the day, a powerful affirmation to nourish body and soul with wise, life-giving choices.
Speaking of celebrating the land that sustains us, I’m reminded of an energizing experience last September, when the three of us gathered with a massive crowd to enjoy Farm Aid, an annual event that rocked neighboring Hershey in order to raise funds for the preservation of our nation’s farmlands and a future for its independent food growers. A collective understanding of age-old wisdom inherent in the concepts of fresh and local reverberated across generations to the tunes of music legends such as John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and Neil Young. The sun was bright and the air alive with a rhythm and mindset that supports tradition alongside ongoing change.
Loving this planet is an extension of loving ourselves. “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy and after all, our most pleasing responsibility,” notes renowned writer and farmer Wendell Berry. “To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” We all play a part, and we do not need to own several acres to support the movement. This issue is brimming with examples to nurture and support us along the way. As our Urban Gardening feature on p. 18 shows, opportunities to grow our own food and teach children the joysof harvest are sprouting up everywhere. And weekly farmers’ markets continue to color the community with abundant and flavorful local options. Understanding the resources and folks that make fresh and seasonal cooking possible is an opportunity to engage in the cycle of life and promote vitality for all.
Connecting to nature and lifestyles that reflect simplicity and balance easily creates space for nourishment that is whole and pure. Food consciousness is the opening that provides for our freedom to choose well and to build healthy and harmonious communities.
Jacqueline Mast, Kendra Campbell & Lois Schultz, Co-publishers