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Land As A Blessing

I am Davine Witbooi from a small town named Lutzville in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Lutzville has many stories to tell – of abuse, exploitation, oppression and poverty. I too have many stories to tell – of abuse, of victory, of courage. I am a member of a Campaign for Food Sovereignty. Without land life means nothing to me. I believe that the most precious gift human beings have is the ability to grow their own food.

Water and Land cannot exist without each other. When the world is in recession rural people provide food. We use old time methods to farm. We grow indigenous plants and medicinal plants to treat illnesses of people and animals. We eat fresh vegetables from our gardens. The bees in our area still produce pure honey; people in other areas complain that bees are dying out. Agro-ecological farming is the best way for food sovereignty and security. Chemicals destroy our environment and are not good for our health. Our land is rich in minerals. Poison wastes are dumped in our areas and kill my people.

The air is fresh without any pollution that can destroy the ozone layer of the earth. We catch rainwater to water our gardens during the dry season. The rainwater is not toxic. We need to give back to Mother Earth from whom we receive bountiful. We do not make use of technology to get rain; we respect nature and look after our land.

I am blessed.

Comments

lindanov's picture

Land as a Blessing

Hello Davine
Even though I live in a very urban area, I have always valued the gift of land. Even now, I grow apple, berries, and grapes on the little land I have. I often take the time to thank the farmers who grow the food I purchase at the store by saying a blessing for them while I am in the produce section. I agree, we need to care for the land because it cares for us. Thank you for growing your food and taking care of the land! And, thank you for sharing.

sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you for sharing with us

Hello Davine,
thank you so much for sharing with us about your land and your effort you made to take care of your land.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Rebecca Snavely's picture

Thank you

Davine,

I like how you state that both you and the land have many stories to tell. Those sentences made my imagination run wild - what would the land say to us if it could speak? And in fact, it is speaking, in a sense, often, as we abuse it, telling us "no more!" It's up to us to speak for the land. I'm thankful that you're adding your voice to the chorus here, in your community and in the world.

I look forward to reading more, hearing more of your voice and the stories of your land. After years of growing up with surrounded by American culture, I'm excited to see us returning to the land for food and medicinal treatments. That specifically interests me, how to live healthy lives in communion with Mother Earth.

Thank you for sharing this!

All my best,

Rebecca

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