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Mid Winter NonBlues

It may be cold outside, but my chest feels warm. No doubt because this winter is turning out to be a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with parts of myself which had been temporarily obscured by a dusty covering of an unknown silty substance, surprisingly easy to blow away once discovered.

Sometimes, one only needs to look up and breath a deep sigh of relief to realize that’s all it takes to feel that much better.

It is important to take advantage of the crystallizing forces of winter to reflect, re-assess and plan for the warmer months. It is a time for dreaming.

Upon entering this 8th year of farming at Riverglen, I feel more prepared than ever to keep offering you and your loved ones top quality produce using sustainable, organic, biodynamic methods.

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Why Choose Biodynamics
Because it’s made with love!

Explaining biodynamics to someone for the first time can sometimes be a daunting task. Perhaps the most difficult part of this task is assessing whether the person asking a question is actually interested in the answer, whether they have any prior knowledge pertaining to food, health, living things, and farming, and also how sensitive they are to their inner workings, both physical and spiritual. Sometimes just saying the word ”spiritual” makes people squeamish…

Our website has a page describing the basic, practical and tangible ideas behind a biodynamic farm which should be fairly accessible to most people, but it may also leave you with more questions. Please feel free to send them in! One new customer recently asked about a particularly strong sentence and I felt it was worth sharing our exchange with you.

He asked:
Your website states that industrial food consumers are lacking compassion.

“Not only do consumers of industrial food find themselves lacking important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, but they become overly stressed and lacking compassion and sensitivity.”
I’m not a fan of industrial food, but it seems a bit of a stretch to say people become less compassionate when eating industrial food.

The question is fair, so I took the time to reply:

I believe, personally, that eating food which was created in an atmosphere of greed, rush, cutting corners and antipathy does not provide us with the materials necessary to our mental well-being anymore than our physical well-being. I also know for a fact, directly from the mouth of many friends, customers and acquaintances, over and over again, that consumers of industrial food choose to ignore or dismiss (for a variety of reasons) the pain and suffering experienced by the animals, workers and land which make up our conventional food systems. Many of them feel guilt and remorse while eating meals (a terrible thing to feel while nourishing one-self) and others have become totally desensitized to the idea that what is on their plate may have been tortured or abused, traded unfairly, destroyed entire ecosystems, etc. These feelings, experienced three times a day, are not a good basis to furthering the development of positive, enlightened, supportive and sustainable communities at any scale, whether they be families or countries.

Why choose biodynamics? Because you want to eat love and compassion. Because you want to be part of the solution. Because it tastes great! Because it feeds your body as well as your soul! Because it makes you feel proud and happy with every bite!

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