I once heard Michael Pollan evoke our relationship with food in a way that profoundly resonated with me.
“For a long time, the environmentalist movement had a blind spot for agriculture. It has turned around as it’s realizing that food grown with respect for the environment offers us a new positive model for our relationship with Nature,” he said.
For those of us who live in urban centers, as do more than 50 percent of the world population, our relationship with Nature is mostly limited to the experiences we may enjoy on vacation away from the city. How do we nurture that relationship in our daily urban lives so as to keep alive the connection to our essence and to the whole of Creation?
That’s where natural food comes in. It embodies the vital link between soil, plants, animals and mankind that Sir Albert Howard, and many others after him, have upheld as the cycle of life that we depend on. A cycle whose health, vibrancy and balance is a huge component of the overall health of our planet.
Now. What if we took that cycle home? On our decks or even straight in the kitchen if natural sunlight allows? That’s what Earthbox, a Pennsylvania-based company, has been proposing to do since 1994. Its concept is beautifully simple and effective: bring Nature to you in the form of a food-growing box designed to yield gorgeous, delicious crops with minimum effort. No farming skills necessary. Just enough direct sunlight and follow the instructions!