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Nurturing Growth: The Intersection of Community, Sustainability, and Healing

Hey y’all. This is Erica here with musings from the fertile junction between age-old customs and contemporary sustainability. As we continue to sow the seeds for a more connected and resilient lifestyle, I recently found inspiration at Seals Family Farm in Riverdale, Georgia, where I gathered with fellow advocates for a robust hyperlocal food system.


The first inspiring individual I want to introduce is Lawrence 'Nature Boy' Seals, the creative mind behind the Farm Fresh 24/7 app. Lawrence's ingenuity during a time of need has given rise to a platform that connects our community with local farmers, bakers, and artisans. This app didn't just emerge as a response to trying times—it stands as a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness that define our heritage. As we chatted, Nature Boy highlighted the importance of food sovereignty and the strength of a community that supports its local growers, makers and homesteaders from all backgrounds.

Joining us also was Malcolm 'Big Steele' Steele, the guiding force of Big Steele Farm, a proponent of the ‘growing health’ ethos. Big Steele’s dedication to cultivating food on nutritious, cared-for land is a living example of how sustainable practices contribute to overall health—both of the land and our bodies. His urban agriculture efforts invite us to reimagine the concrete landscapes of our cities as potential havens of green goodness.

Speaking on behalf of Plant and Heal Co., it's my belief that no space is too small to create meaningful impact. Our focus is on helping people harness the power of their own environments to find security and healing through farming, irrespective of scale. We're passionate about providing the tools and knowledge for everyone to engage in and benefit from the cultivation of their land.

As we lean into the principles of sustainability, we come to appreciate that it's more than an ideology; it's a lived experience that grows with each plot tilled and each community enlightened. Sharing our insights, triumphs, and discoveries, we're laying the groundwork for a future that's not just greener, but deeply interconnected.

Here's how you can roll up your sleeves and contribute to a greener future:
- Seek out and support local farms and businesses committed to sustainable methods.
- Engage with platforms like the Farm Fresh 24/7 app to connect with locally grown produce and products.
- Embrace continuous learning, no matter your current level of expertise in farming, and always be open to new and innovative ways to grow and enjoy food.

Our collective pursuit of a sustainable life is akin to tending a bountiful field—it takes persistence, care, and the gentle hand of community to flourish. Together, our efforts will not only yield a rich harvest but also fortify the ties that bind us to each other and to the Earth.

In community and growth,
Erica

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