From the Mountain to the Market

Ben Schmitz: Working on the land is a great way to energetically co-create with this country. Photo by Simon Haslam

By Ben Schmitz

Working on the land is a great way to bio-energetically co-create with this incredible country we are so blessed to be a part of; it is also a way for many to create a source of rich wealth.

Steve Shakeshaft, an uncertified organic turmeric and ginger farmer, and partner Anastasia Fetotovaha, have been growing a crop up in the magical mountains of Wilsons Creek.

‘I get a good feeling about growing the best produce I can,’ says Steve. ‘It’s not about growing your plants, it’s about looking after your soil.’ Three years ago the land was overgrown with lantana; Steve saw this as a great opportunity to nitrogen fix the soil. ‘You have to think with a green mind,’ says Anastasia.

Our farmers here in Mullumbimby and the local surrounding Shire pride themselves on quality; all produce grown here holds a deep medicinal benefit for all. With low fruit and vege prices and high-quality produce at our local markets it creates a desirable, healthy, family-inclusive and interactive space that acts as a catalyst for growth and education across a wide spectrum of personal and community-centred ideals.

It is here at our local markets that people from different backgrounds and incomes come to share knowledge and wisdom, exchange goods and educate others through participation. This interrelation of soil and toil is beneficial not only in an economic sense for local families, but also for our bodies and minds, establishing friendships and a biodynamic relationship with nature.

This is a win-win, for farmers and customers are reflections of the strength and the spirit of this great community. From the rich krasnozem soils of the mountains, ideal for farming, to the rich hearts of all those who co-create a communal seedbank of wealth.

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