Did I mention that I am an aspiring farmer? I’m sure I did, but it took a long time for me to figure this one out. In fact, it all began with nutrition and a change of lifestyle for our family. We became more aware of how our food influences our mood and our physical capabilities, so we started eating ‘cleaner,’ which means mostly organic and no GMO! Well, as you can imagine, this was only the beginning. My studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition certainly played a role for more change but it also seems that one step just naturally flows into another and another and so forth. Anyway, now, we are not only conscious about what we eat, but also how we impact our environment and our fellow human beings. Anyway, after working with some groups and introducing them to the Integrative/Holistic Way of Life and seeing huge improvement in health within all of my clients, I was sold. Not only did I want to share what we were doing, but also learn how I can actually grow the things (and raise them) what I was preaching about, which naturally lead to farming.
Now, I have completed several semesters of studies at UMass and worked on many projects – including one that involved community service in a non-profit for veterans here in Massachusetts. Check out my team’s work at Vets & Veggies.
At home, our little homestead is growing, too. We have two colonies of bees now, 29 chicks that grow by the day, and putting in two big beds for a vegetable garden. I am learning with my family through making mistakes but we are having a blast (most of the time), which proves again my point of how rewarding physical work in and with nature can be. Ever heard about Richard Louv’s research and book Nature Deficit Disorder? Here is a quick video sneak-peak – Enjoy!
I’m not saying all of us need to be farmers, but all of us do need the connection with nature, a close relationship to our food, and an understanding how our personal choices influence our health! Wouldn’t you agree?
Contact me if you are interested about more guidance on a holistic approach to health!