SPRING PRACTICES
 

I enjoy the vitality and freshness of all the things that now manifest themselves. It feels miraculous. Saying this may be banal, but nonetheless: seeds will sprout, leaves will come. I see pregnant bellies and send loving wishes to the expectant mothers. I see teenagers, like my own, teetering on the outer brinks of their childhood and forever negotiating negotiating negotiating with parents and each other in a perpetual testing of themselves on the path to independence and maturity.

 

The days are growing longer, the nights are cool, and the frost is slowly, reluctantly, relinquishing its grip. Ah. The air is still crisp and clear.

CREATE LIFE

Spring is the time to plan ahead for your garden or window box, to sow or plant. ‘A seed rebel is someone who takes the lead in the climate struggle with a handful of seeds in their pocket,’ says poet, publisher and performance artist Shëkufe Tadayoni Heiberg. ‘It's about focus, about keeping an eye on the individual seed, putting it into the ground, seeing it grow, seeing almost everything spring from almost nothing, and about getting your hope back. That may sound religious. For me, it is revolutionary,’ she writes in her book Muld & Liv (Soil & Life)

 

You can also re-grow your vegetable scraps. For example, you can put the cut-off stumps of leeks in a pot filled with potting soil, roots down, instead of throwing it out.

 

NATURE’S SAP IS RISING

 

Imagine being able to drink in the vitality and life force of a tree! In fact, you can do exactly that before the tree itself needs that energy for its leaves. Birch sap can be tapped by breaking off a branch and collecting the sap. Or gently drill a hole and put in a hose. You can collect the sap in containers; just a single tree may yield up litres of sap. Tasting almost like water with a faint tinge of sweetness, it is said to have many health benefits.

 

Make love. Kiss each other.

JOY

Joy and beauty are woefully underrated as tools for change and for bringing more light into dark times. We should nurture ourselves and replenish our own energies be able to give to others and be strong and clear in our communication. So that anxiety and worry do not get the upper hand. Remember that joy is contagious.

 

Give out hugs. Be kind to strangers. Show care.

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TITLES

Shëkufe Tadayoni Heiberg, MULD & LIV, Forlaget Uro 2020
This exquisite collection of poems is seen from the perspective of seeds. So delightful, funny and enchantingly crisp!


Interview with Rowen White: Reseeding the Food System, Emergency Magazine / Podcast

Rowen is Mohawk and, in my eyes, a very wise woman. I hang on every word she says. In this interview, she talks about what seeds have taught her and how we all carry within us a deep-seated knowledge of planting and caring for seeds.

Interview with brontë velez: On the Necessity of Beauty, part 2, For the Wild / Podcast
This kick-ass conversation is so packed with radical perspectives. It is about erotic energies, joy, beauty and desire as life-givers and paths to freedom from oppression and oppressors. Part 1 is also good – maybe even more ‘for the wild' than this conversation. brontë is an artist, activist, teacher and much more than all this combined. Check out their work at Lead to Life and Weaving Earth 
 
Naturplanteskolen / in Hedehusene, Denmark

There are nurseries, and then there are nurseries. The Naturplanteskolen nursery has a mission. I have attended a few of their courses. They are experts on permaculture and edible flowers and perennial vegetables.

Birch sap

Here is a proper guide to how to tap birch sap while making sure you care for the tree in the process.

‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye / Animated poem

A beautiful poem, accompanied by an animation by Ana Pérez López and produced by The On Being Project; in itself a favourite source for me.

Persille Ingerslev, Gendyrk, Frydenlund, 2021 / Book

Persille is the queen of the ‘regrow from scraps’ movement in Denmark. If you are not already familiar with her work, check her out here.