A Brief History of Healing and Regeneration at LifeGiving Farm

You might have already noticed some videos on this blog of people touring our gardens. In the summer of 2021, I created a photo panel display of changes in the land that we live on over the 37 years that we have been here and began showing the photos to the small tour groups that come to see the farm and give them some of the background information before we start walking around the place. The following video contains some of that kind of info, but takes it a little further and lasts a little bit longer than what I tell the tour groups, since I save most of my talking for when we actually do the walking tour.

As I describe in the video, our little five-acre place in the northern Rocky Mountains of western Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, had been badly damaged by previous residents before we moved onto the land, mainly by scraping off much of the topsoil and overgrazing with too many horses. The video demonstrates how this habitat and ecosystem was restored by the work of water (selected small-scale flood irrigating), the natural deposits of organic nutrients, the entrance of various species of wildlife into the system, the planting and self-propagation of trees (into small forests in places), the increase in numbers of birds, the sun, the germination of dormant seeds and the natural spread of seeds, human labor, and the diverse activities and interaction with land and water of many people of other species. Some of the activities of other species can also rightly be called “labor.”

As with all my posts, I hope that you enjoy and find value in this and are possibly moved to leave a comment or question.

https://youtu.be/Dru7YG-fT80

2 thoughts on “A Brief History of Healing and Regeneration at LifeGiving Farm

  1. Citizen ‘journalists’ like yourself and myself seem to be increasingly the better source for intense applications of what is wrong with what is going on to harm the ecosphere (The Citizen Journalist In America – 4).

    Thank you … and please keep up the ‘good trouble’ work.

    • Thank you for your encouraging comment, Dredd. I look forward to perusing your blog. I can relate to this quote I saw on your most recent article (or transcript of a public speech): “I’m a marine biologist and I spent the vast majority of my career studying things that interested maybe 12 people in the world.” It reminded me of a similar comment that Derrick Jensen made on a panel presentation several years ago, about how sometimes it seemed like there was only about five people in the whole world who really cared about the dire circumstances of our planet (which of course was the topic of the panel). I rarely ever get any comments on this blog, which does not necessarily translate to a lack of interest, of course. I know that most of what I write is way too lengthy and poorly-composed to hold most people’s interest–but I continue to work on improving my writing skills all the time, which, of course, is a quest that never ends.

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