AHR 20: How to Become a Sacred Gardener and Sow the Seeds of Co-Creative Agriculture with Steven Martyn
The disillusionment of our culture and where Steven believes many of us begin our search
The story and connection between Steven and his grandfather (hint: grafting)
Steven mentions a few of his inspirations and resources from living in the woods
Steven discusses what brought him out of the bush
Steven talks about age and the illusion of choice
Steven’s introduction to wild or sacred gardening and warrior-king culture
James and Steven talk about our lack of story and participation and co-creation with the land
How to build a secular relationship with the Earth
Why being “green” isn’t enough
Steven explains the reciprocal relationship between the land and animals and hunter, fisherman, or gardener and the animals and land
James shares a resource where you can live and learn from organic farming
Both Steven and James want you to become a craftsman (or woman!)
Ways Steven says you can give back to the land or wild places you take from
The problem with nuclear families and the abandonment of eldership
How to respect the land that you steward through sacred communication
Steven explains what he calls “industrial ruts” and how easily it is to fall into them
Why we want to find a place and grow our roots into the ground
Benefits and differences of maple water and why you shouldn’t buy maple water products you see on store shelves
Why harvesting root vegetables in the spring produces more natural sugars
Steven mentions that he healed himself of Lyme disease with herbs
Steven’s parting words
Questions I Ask
“Can you open that up for us and tell give us some of your background as to kind’ve where you got to where you are today?”
“You grew up with some of this knowledge?”
“What exactly is grafting?”
“What exactly made you feel like you needed to be living in the woods? What type of lifestyle were you living?”
“Whose teachings did you latch onto in the beginning, then?”
“How do we start fostering a more conscious relationship with the land?”
- “Is having a plot of land going to hold us down?”
Steven Martyn, M.A. (traditional plant use), B.F.A. honours, artist, farmer, wildcrafter, builder, teacher, writer, visionary.
Steven has more than thirty years experience living co-creatively with the Earth, practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. Steven created Livingstone & Greenbloom in 1986, Toronto’s first green landscaping company. In 1996, he created the Algonquin Tea Company, North America’s premiere bioregional tea company. He has given talks and run workshops internationally for more then twenty years and has taught at Algonquin college since 2000. In 2014 Megan and he started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School. Steven released his first book, “The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden” in 2016. “Sacred Gardening” will be released in April 2017.
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