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Grandmother Oak and Her Acorn Teachings

by Sara Moncada and Maya Harjo We come here to listen. Under the beautiful Grandmother Oak grove that sits here along the tributaries of the Ignacio Creek watershed, we have come to listen to stories, to gather as community, to learn from one another and share good food. She is massive and very old, our

Cultivating Respect: Reviving Forgotten Plant Knowledge in Costa Rica

by Felipe Montoya-Greenheck Puriscal is a rural canton in the Province of San José, Costa Rica. It is located in the northern foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range that divides the plains of the western Central Valley. Its capital, Santiago, was established in 1868. Before the colony, Puriscal and its surroundings were the territory of

Podcasting from the Native Seed Pod: Food Sovereignty Stories Nourish the Future

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by Melissa K. Nelson “We’re being guided by forces seen and unseen that are telling us it’s time to pick up the seeds again. It’s time to learn how to grow these foods again.” —Rowen White, Episode One, “Native Seed Revolution” Seeds and Stories. Seed stories and stories as seeds. How and why are they

Editorial: Repast

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Nourishing Body and Soul: The Biocultural Diversity of Food Langscape Magazine Volume 7, Issue 2, Winter 2018 . Being together, sharing food. More than any other, this needful act sets the rhythm of human life. For those of us fortunate enough to live that life free of hunger, of the all-darkening worry about where our

Community and Biocultural Diversity Conservation in Ethiopia: Learning from Each Other

Text and photos by Fassil Gebeyehu Yelemtu I shall tell the story of my community in this article, but let me first say a few words about my interest in biocultural diversity conservation. Being exposed to the modern world and looking at unsuccessful stories of nature conservation, I always ask myself what the missing link

Innovations as Part of Sustainable Practices in Biocultural Landscapes: Experiences from Rotational Farming in the Hin Lad Nai Community of Northern Thailand

by Pernilla Malmer and Prasert Trakansuphakon   . Rotational farming is traditionally practiced in a variety of biocultural landscapes across the world and contributes to sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. Despite this, it is sometimes viewed as unsophisticated and even illegal, in particular, by powerful actors who prefer forests be used for exploitation or as

Hta: How Karen Farming Saved a Forest in Thailand and Its Poetry Changed International Policy

Text by Viveca Mellegård | Photos by Pernilla Malmer With words & lived experience of members of the Karen Community of Hin Lad Nai and input from Pernilla Malmer . . “Live with the water, care for the river, live with trees, care for the forest. Live with the fish, care for the spawning grounds, live

Bahadar ’s Almanac: Oral Tradition in Northern Pakistan Makes People Resilient and Prepared for Natural Disasters

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Text by Zubair Torwali Photos by Aftab Ahmad When I still used to lend a hand in the fields to my father, now 78, he would refer to a certain guy, Bahadar |bahadər|, for his oral traditions about the right weather for sowing and harvesting. At that time, I was in college and was familiar

Monocultures of the Fields, Monocultures of the Mind: The Acculturation of Indigenous Farming Communities of Odisha, India

by Kanna K. Siripurapu, Sabnam Afrein, and Prasant Mohanty . . The connection between agriculture and major festivals of India, traditionally and predominantly an agrarian society, is unmistakable. The Indigenous agro-biodiversity and cultural diversity of the Indian subcontinent likely co-evolved over thousands of years in synchrony and harmony with each other. The winds are fast changing,

Gloriously Entwined: Nature and Culture, Art and Agriculture

by Eliza Smith .  .  It was a specific moment in 2013, while attending a farmer club meeting in rural Kenya, that sparked my curiosity. Patrick Kiirya, the meeting facilitator, as well as minister for agriculture in the Busoga Kingdom in Uganda and an agroecology enthusiast, asked participants to perform a song about the value of