GROWTH: SEED PHASE

 

By Greg Grano

My films explore relationships with unfamiliar people, places, and natural forces. Growth: Seed Phase is the first step towards a long-form film about humans and soil, symbiosis, cycles of life/death/decomposition, and community.

 

Featuring an ensemble of activists, scientists, and community farmers passionate about their own relationships to the earth, this creative nonfiction film will lean into themes of environmental racism and justice, land stewardship, perceptions of time, and our physical relationship to soil and other species.

 

Thank you for joining us in this first phase! I am so grateful to the EAI for supporting this piece and our ongoing conversations around relationships to soil and the earth.

I can't wait to have some of that conversation live over Zoom on April 17 (see below).

 

Please enjoy the short film below, and share your own reflections with the interactive opportunities on this page!

 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

How do you relate to the Earth and soil?

What does healthy relationship with our Earth look like?

Thank to everyone who joined our virtual roundtable discussion! Please feel free to continue the conversation by sharing your personal experiences below. 

ENGAGE WITH OUR GARDEN OF IDEAS

We are also excited to share ideas in virtual community right here - below, you'll find four opportunities to share your own ideas about soil and the Earth. Reply to one or more of the questions below, click Submit, and see the community responses at the bottom of this page.

Share your reflections below!

How would you describe your relationship or connection with the earth?

Share a photo that represents your relationship to the earth. This might be an image you find on the internet, or an image you create!

IMAGE

This project is partly about celebrating the humans that inspire us in our relationship with the earth. Who inspires you in relationship to the earth, and why? Consider posting a quote from someone that inspires you.

Strawberry Peak near Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to connect with the land around me. What's one of the places where you feel most grounded with the earth?

Relationship/Connection with Earth:

Rich and ever deepening, especially inspired by my tea practice.

Who Inspires You:

“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Another person who inspired me to live more in harmony with nature is my friend Wu De. He is a tea teacher living in Taiwan. He has a special way of inspiring people to wake up to their connection to nature. Humans are separate from nature after all. He has a great project called Global Tea Hut for anyone interested to learn more.

Where You Feel The Most Grounded:

The Big Bend area of West Texas

Relationship/Connection with Earth:

Harmonious, mostly. I try to give back to the earth in return for what it provides. I am grateful for the diversity of organisms that are able to grow in the earth, and I am eager to learn about all creatures nurtured in soil.

Who Inspires You:

Where You Feel The Most Grounded:

In the forest, after the rain, where fungal fruiting bodies are flourishing.

Relationship/Connection with Earth:

I engage earth both alchemically and practically. Our relationship is growing, but I’ve loved my first attempts at a home garden, and engaging with earth energy through ritual and practice. In my meditation space I work with the earth almost every day, symbolically. I’m also constantly aware of the reality of our ecological stage.

Who Inspires You:

So many poets and witches and storytellers! Right now: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Joy Harjo, Mary Oliver

Where You Feel The Most Grounded:

A tiny secret circle of trees in Elysian Park, Los Angeles where I often sit with friends, or alone, and meditate.

Relationship/Connection with Earth:

Symbiotic & intimate. I feel connected to the earth in the way I exist on Earth, as a Human, and feel the woes of our Earth and ecosystems. Yet, it continues to give us so much beauty and wealth, in terms of well-being and joy.

Who Inspires You:

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness." and “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

Where You Feel The Most Grounded:

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. Oakland, CA

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