Surround yourself with beauty and wonder - easier said than done.
Every now and then I come across an amazing article, video, book or movie, and this blog post is an attempt to collect some of these together in one spot.
Mirazur Restaurant - the biodynamic menu
I have a dream of being part of a gourmet garden to table project... well, to be honest, I'd like to be part of more than just one, as it could so easily become a natural solution for anyone wanting to eat better. Gourmet garden to table addresses so many aspects of quality food:
- Grow organic vegetables in healthy soil
- Know the grower and see where your food is grown
- Eat seasonal
- Eat local, create local employment
- Appreciate the beautiful harmony that exists between the gardener and the chef
- Transform what looks ordinary into something delicious
It's no surprise to me that in the downtime of the 2020 pandemic a creative chef was able to spend more time on the land, and then chose to reopen with the principles of biodynamic farming more apparent in the daily menu.
Depending on where the moon is located on any particular day, the food served at Mirazur restaurant changes. It looks to me like it's highlighting the leaf, fruit, flower or root crops. If the moon is passing through a constellation in a water sign (Crab, Scorpion or Fish), then it's a day when the leafy vegetables will the star of the show.
I've added a visit to this restaurant (and garden) onto my bucket list. And may even start learning some French in preparation...
The Weedy Gardener
This is one of those magical outcomes of the global pandemic of 2020... when creative photographer David Trood is not able to travel the globe, he turns his camera towards his vegetable garden, and explores what makes healthy soil
As David says, these are not gardening tutorials, but instead a creative journey with his camera.
Here's Episode One - "How I make soil bacteria for my veggie garden"
Urban Dirt Company
Of all my Gardenary colleagues, Piper at the Urban Dirt Company is one I would love to bring to New Zealand to replicate her business model here. She does these incredible edible garden installations for commercial premises such as restaurants, universities and business parks.
In a recent Garden Coach weekly zoom call she described how many of the gardens she installs could easily support a full time person to run gardening workshops at these sites, to help the staff and customers learn how to get even more benefit from the gardens she builds.
Here's her website with a portfolio of commercial projects - wouldn't it be amazing to see gardens like this all around Auckland city?
To Wonder at Beauty (Verse by Rudolf Steiner)
To wonder at beauty,
stand guard over truth
Look up to the noble,
resolve on the good
This leadeth us truly,
to purpose in living
To might in our doing,
to peace in our feeling
To light in our thinking,
and teaches us trust
In the working of God,
in all that there is
In the width of the world,
in the depth of the soul.