The care and protection of trees and soil have been humanly acknowledged responsibilities for millennia.
When deeply connected, humans actively and effectively participate in caring for these two fundamentals for all known Earth-life.
Historically, we didn’t destroy life but nurtured it. Today, however, we are destroying it.
The impulse to care for trees is a response of the human heart to the intelligent life around us. If forests, jungles, and savannas are left alone, to “be wild”, they quickly become overgrown, tangled, congested, unhealthy, and neglected systems. They also become dangerous fire makers! Through the living presence of humans and large herbivores, the ranges and verges were tended and kept in balance and good health. Indigenous peoples constantly cared for the regions they lived in, and familial lore and responsibilities were transmitted across generations, resulting in a more or less continuous caretaking influence. Caretaking the land was a serious business on physical, cultural, and spiritual levels.
Forests were kept thinned so all the trees could grow well. Tended food trees produced higher yields for people and animals. Tended cultural and sacred trees grew to majestic dimensions connecting people to the heart of life in each region. After thinning, lopping, and cleaning trees and forests, certain trees were further served and nourished through a process of mineralization. The lower reaches of the trunks of special trees were cleaned and painted with a paste of crushed shells and mineral clays, which brought healing benefits to the trees and surrounding plant and animal life. Additionally, whole and crushed shells and bones were buried in the soils under trees, functioning as long-term slow-release food/mineral sources for the plants. The result was not only large healthy and long-lived food and cultural trees, but also open, clean, healthy environments.
Mulching, mineralization, and light seasonal burning of woodlands and grasslands kept topsoils healthy.
The more modern practices of composting, permaculture, sustainable/regenerative agriculture, biodynamics, and water systems care, are highly supportive of healthy soil culture. Earth-life depends on healthy soil.
Many modern practices of plowing, chemical fertilizers, industrial agriculture, exposing soils to sun, wind, and air, and general exploitation and neglect of soils, are fast bringing the world’s reservoirs of nutritious topsoil to exhaustion.
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