April 22 is Earth Day, originally planned to bring a billion people into the streets to let our leaders know for sure that the health and resilience of our planet and our environment is of the Utmost Importance. Of course, neither a billion nor a dozen people are going to congregate on Earth Day this year.
But for Harlequin’s Gardens, Earth Day is special. First of all, our office manager, Chas Moore has his birthday on Earth Day. Is it any wonder that he is now a manager of the most ecological retail nursery in Colorado?
Harlequin’s Gardens has been a pioneer and leader in sustainability in the nursery industry and a vehicle for organic veggie, herb and fruit plants and for classes and advice on organic gardening. We are thrilled that sustainability and resilience are now popular goals and visions of many people and municipalities. In just the last ten years we humans have grown to appreciate the importance of bees, pollinators and native plants. We are learning about how important our gut microbiome is to our health, and the value of the soil microbiome to Life on Earth. There are even a few nations that honor the Rights of Nature.
Of course, we know that there are money interests clinging to the Oil Brand and the Dominance Brand, but we see these powers as on their way to the tar pits, like the dinosaurs. Not only are The People on the side of The Earth and Life on Earth, but even the money is headed toward renewable resources and support for health of the earth.
Hasn’t the current pandemic shown us how clearly our human health is connected with the health of our environment? The government approval of poisons developed by chemical companies has weakened the American constitution. All of us are unwittingly and unwillingly carrying too many toxins in our bodies from the food, water and air we take in. We can’t continue to compromise our health for the profits of careless corporations.
So now millions of people are returning to the vision of the Victory Garden. We are growing our own healthy food and growing beautiful gardens without poisons.
We just experienced a 12-degree freeze and a lot of plants lost flowers, fruit buds and foliage. But where the soil life has not been killed by chemicals, the plants should rebound. The more we support the nutrient density in our soils, the stronger will our plants recover and the greater the nutrient density will be in the foods we eat to support our health.
The threat of Global Climate Disruption has alerted us to the importance of our planet’s health, but living with the daily risk of death from the Corona Virus has given us a real wake-up and appreciation of the preciousness of Life that we used to take for granted.