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Over the past week there have been many exciting and rewarding new discoveries, like the replanting of Jan van Riebeeck's food gardens, known as the Company's Gardens, in Cape Town. Now we are deep into the food revolution! In the City open spaces are turned into food gardens. Township folk are taking their own power back to nourish their families.  The Oranjezicht food gardens are inspiring, teaching and setting such a cool and healing trend. Ultimately the Company's Gardens will have their own farmers' market to sell fresh foods to city dwellers. Dropping food miles, eating fresh and seasonally,  getting the fingers into the soil, interfacing with the weather - tracking the best sunny spots, conserving water supplies -  connect our needs with the earth's natural tendency to supply us with nourishment. Now we are in our element again.

Aristotle said in his Nicomachean Ethics that the greatest pleasure comes from "eudaimonia," or the pleasure of doing what you are meant to do. I would add here the pleasure of doing the right thing. This contrasts with the other main philosophy at the time – also a driving factor in our capitalist system - that one should pursue "hedonia." This is the direct pleasures derived from things such as good food, sexual gratification, or just relaxing in a nice place. Aristotle reckoned it is eudaimonia that makes the good life. I believe that following your bliss, living a deeply meaningful life, and allowing intuition to lead, we naturally evolve into the healing agents we are meant to be.

Don't miss exciting green events on our CALENDAR here.  Just to wet your appetite here are some highlights happening across the country:  World Student Environmental Network's Global Summit, Annual Biodynamic Farmers Conference, the Science, Consciousness and Ancient Civilisations Conference, the Organics and Compost Making Workshop and the Grow Your Own Food course. See you there?

onwards greening
Elma and the team

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