I celebrate women from the rural areas of the world
On this day, October 15th, dedicated to celebrating the hard working women who live and work in the rural areas of the world, I want to honor my grandmother, Claire Picca who was born and raised on a farm in the south of France and who dedicated her life to providing nourishing food to her children, grand children and whole community.
Even though life was hard at times for my grandma, the oldest of 15 siblings, mother of 8 children and grandmother to 20+ grand kids, she taught us all the way of the land and the importance to respect the Earth for what it gives you.
My grandmother died when I was 10 and I have missed her terribly.
But other amazing women have taken the lead in my life and have reminded me that I must be the change I want to see. I must be a steward for the Earth and always keep in mind the effects what I put in the Earth can have. This is why I grow my own food, plant flowers and trees and share as often as I can with people around me. This is also why, I support local food movements. I buy local, organic food that will feed me and my community. This is also why I try my best to reduce to zero the amount of trash I produce in my house. I buy in bulk, reuse all I can and often up-cycle items into something they were never design to be! For example, I use used shoes that are worn out and I cannot wear anymore as flower pots! Everyone like those!
One extremely influential women in my life has been Wangari Maathai. Her strong leadership training women in Kenya on how to nurture the Earth and preserve its resources has been highly empowering. If you have not watch the movie Dirt, I highly recommend that you check it out and maybe you can start by viewing this clip of Wangari Maathai explaining how we can all do something to make a difference, and do the best we can:
I celebrate women, I celebrate all women, in rural areas and cities, I celebrate you all!