Our nursery is not the typical nursery, we aren’t your local garden center, and we’re sure as heck not a huge space with greenhouses and drip lines and such. Our nursery is our home; our nursery is intertwined with our food production, our livelihood. We have cats and ducks roaming around, sometimes scratching things, sometimes pooping on things. But this is okay. We feel that a close relationship between work and life and play is pretty darn important.
When we got here in 2017, this space was bare with the exception of what used to be hay. The soil was (and still is) compact, very clay-like, hard as concrete in the dry months and a doughy slop whenever we had a couple inches of rain. We decided the best thing for our plants, and the Land, was to heal it, not continue to cultivate it with machinery. We have pursued a raised bed-style approach, but not your typical cedar box raised beds. We have instead allowed the Land to speak to us: we observed what it needed, listened to what it had to say. These beds are loosely on contour, helping prevent more erosion. They were built from sticks, woodchips, bark, old spoil hay, and LOTS of compost. The result is an expedited version of years of adding organic matter. This, coupled with decompaction every season with a broad fork and the power of earthworms, plus no-till practices, gives us very rich, living soil on top of seemingly hard and lifeless soil. A bonus is even the clay underneath these raised beds has become richer and more workable—allowing plants to grow and thrive.
We have been inspired by quite a few projects that are along the same lines, in the same school of thought. Unfortunately, we are vastly outnumbered by nurseries with concrete bases, mountains of plastic waste, and an armory of dangerous and even toxic chemicals. Resources are stolen from the Earth and shipped hundreds and thousands of miles from their home, just to save some time, or money. We are surrounded by monoculture fields: looking from the Moon one would think our society dearly depends on desert plots of genetically modified crops. We know there is a better way. There can be a change. We all have to work together to see this change. Look towards your local, ecologically-minded folks first. Ask your local nursery about how they grow their plants, where they get them from, what they treat them with. If you don’t feel comfortable with their answers, you aren’t alone. Why support more destruction, more pollution, more damage? Why let our rivers, our soils, our wildlife suffer? These are, after all, our doings that are harming them. We all are responsible for this Land that we share with SO many other beings. These damages can be seen repaired, or at least we can start on the road to recovery by making small steps toward a bigger change. A choice in the right direction now can mean so much for our future generations —a tree planted today can lead to many lifetimes of pleasure, beauty and abundance.
Here at Sacred Circle, we want to help this change. We want you to be a part of this change. We feel confident in our plants, that they have vast power and healing potential locked deep within them. All it takes to unleash this wonder is a little bit of Love, some willing souls, some seeds and a few dirty hands. You do the math.