An old saying goes: If you want to be happy for one day, be intoxicated. If you want to be happy for one month, slaughter a pig and eat it. If you want to be happy for one year, get married. If you want to be happy your entire life, become a gardener.
Growing you own food is very inspiring and first and foremost by growing your own food you will know what is in you food and how it has been produced. If you just have a window ledge, you can grow your a little food. If you have a balcony, you can grow some more food. If you have a garden, you can convert your garden to a vegetable garden or a food forest and become self-sufficient. You can also join a community garden or create one together with your neighbors and friends. if you don´t grow your own food, make sure you support local food producers, who make clean and honest food and create local jobs.
Orenda gardens are vivid organisms with a high degree of vitality and diversity as opposed to centralization and regimentation. Nature is diverse, we are diverse. Diversity creates robustness.
For the last decades, the conventional gardening has focused on intensifying and specializing production. However, if we should decide on one sentence that could describe a Orenda garden, it would be ‘the love of diversity’. We believe that diversity in people, in wild nature below ground and above ground, diversity in species and breeds. With the love of all, we will not only create harmonious gardens but also robustness, stability, balance, vitality and high life force energy. When one focus on only super-optimization of individual parts of a whole, we lose balance and are therefore decreasing immune systems and create volubility. In order to solve the main challenges of our planet, we therefore need to have more respect for the forces of diversity and adopt to those forces.
Community gardens can be established everywhere. If you don´t have your own land, you may be able to co-operate with somebody who has. Often the parish or the local church is in possesion of a little land, which they may be willing to lent out to a community garden project. Also often the local
municipality would have some land, which could be used. Community gardens can be established everywhere from side roads, to parks, squares and roof tops. If you are in the country side, often local farmers would like to lent some land out to a community garden.
When you organize a community garden it is important to agree on when to meet and how many hours each individual can spend in the garden. Also
it will be advantageous to divide the garden's tasks into teams so that the tasks are clear while having focus. The teams could eg. be a cabbage team, a root team and a leaf team.
In order to achieve a successful garden with healthy food, it is important to re-store earth life in the soil and make sure that the seeds used are of high quality. Do not use GMOs or hybrids. To avoid the propagation of weeds and diseases, it is important to avoid having the same crops the same place several times in a row.
Healthy soil is the base for healthy food. Over the last 25 years most land in the world has lost its earth life and topsoil. Therefore re-building and vitalizing the soil is one the most impotant tasks in Orenda gardening. The soil is a living organism and as birds have feathers, fish have scales, the animals have fur and human beings have their skin the soil needs a cover. This will not only protect earth life but also protect the soil against wind, water, drying and erosion. If the soil has no cover it will imediately start building one by letting weeds cover the surface. In conventional gardening weeds are considered an enemy but weeds are all naturally healing plants and the type of weed will tell the gardener what kind of problem he has in his soil. For example, thistles are a sign that too many nutrients have accumulated in the deeper soil layer. Therefore, with its deep taproot, the thistle brings the excess nutrients back to the soil surface.
Many weed species thrive on low microbial activity in the soil and without mycorrhizal fungi in the soil. Therefore as the topspoil and earth life is being reestablished you will learn that most weeds will disappear.
The base of high quality food is apart for bringing health back to the soil is using high quality seeds. High quality seed is GMO-free and unstained. However, high quality seed is also not F1 hybrids. In modern production of F1 hybrids, biotechnological methods are used which include:
Studies on a variety of vegetable types show that F1 hybrids, compared to traditionally refined varieties, have a lower dry matter content, higher monosaccharides content, poorer maturation ability, less species taste, and an inferior ability to absorb minerals. Hybrids cannot be used for breeding and are thus a form of "patent seed" that hinders the farmer's own breeding work. This is a serious problem, not least for farmers in many developing countries. "Patent seeds" fundamentally run counter to the principles of Orenda which which consider seeds a common cultural material that must be freely available for all.
Healthy soil is the based on healthy soil treatment. One of the most important ways to ensure healty soil is to use compost in stead of liquid or synthetic fertilizers. In composting, the fertilizer undergoes a process which makes it more valuable to both the earth life, the humus content and the health of the crop. The quality of the compost is improved when using the biodynamic compost preparations.
Through composting, new organic compounds are built up, thereby becoming more active in building stable humus compounds in the soil. The humus compounds give the soil a better structure with the benefits it provides for its water retention, air content and crop root development. With compost, plants gain a greater ability for self-regulation in their relation to the nutrients in the soil: they seek and actively absorb the substances that are only present in small quantities and limit the absorption of substances that are excess in the soil. Compost is therefore regenerative for the soil and it´s earth life where as liquid manure and synthetic fertilizers are degenerative for the soil and it´s earth life. Compost is also now getting increasing interest from researchers due to it's ability to counteract soil erosion and plant diseases.
A way to further increase the health of the soil, the plants and the quality of the food is to use biodynamic preparations. The biodynamic preparations consist of 6 preparations which are added to the compost and 2 preparations which are dissolved in water in a homeopathic dose and sprayed in the garden or the field. The preparations activate the interplay between life forces, soil and plants in such a way that the soil and crops optain a better health. This is evident not only from decades of practical experience, but also from numerous scientific experiments showing that the preparations actually strengthen the soil's humus structure and the crops' ability to absorb the nutrients they need. The preparations increase the growth and maturation processes of the crops in a balanced direction, which is unique in plant breeding. There are 8 preparations, 2 of which are used in the field and 6 are added to the fertilizer and compost.