I'd like to share stories about gardening and health on this thread. I want to know your adventures, please share.
We moved to rural Oregon up on the foothills of Cascades near Eugene 3 1/2 years ago. My goal was to recover my health and grow all our own food. I call gardening my garden yoga. In the summer I garden barefoot, one of the loveliest feelings ever! Something about walking on clean healthy dirt is so grounding.
I'm into my third season of preserving and I've been able to put enough food away for 2 people, my husband and myself. We have chickens as well, Buff Brahmas, Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orphingtons, Cherry Eggers, and Bantam Cochins. We eat the eggs, and my husband eats the roosters. I sell/trade/barter pullets (young hens) to pay for my chicken feed. Next year I am going to grow enough to share with 2 more people. Our community center takes garden produce.
I cook totally from scratch, we only eat organic locally or home grown food.I grind my own grain bought from local farms for bread and tortillas. No need to go to the gym that's a real workout! I've meet some of the coolest people who run local organic small farms. I've learned how to make tofu and soy milk from scratch. I can work with a shovel, we don't use a machine, digging up ground without pain now for several hours without fatigue or breaking a sweat! When I first moved to our small 2 acre hobby farm I couldn't walk without intense pain, I woke up fatigue and in a cognitive fog, my back lower lumbar number 5 had ruptured five years prior and still hadn't healed, causing pain down my right leg. My thyroid wasn't working correctly causing hair loss, fatigue, memory problems, my digestive system was a wreck. Prior to moving I ate well, organic food from Whole Food store, however the water I drank was fluoridated. Which was killing my gallbladder, pancreas, and thyroid. I found out later, Whole Foods isn't totally organic and fluoride kills your thyroid including bromine in my bread.
To make a long story short, I am totally pain free for the first time in 20 years, I was diagnosed with fibromylagia 20 years ago. I believe that working in the garden, drinking fresh clean water, breathing fresh air, living close to nature, eating organic food, we threw the TV out too, helped me heal. My Buddhist practice gave me the discipline to change my life after I figured out what I need to do. My main practice has been Medicine Buddha and another practice I can't mention (yes I have the empowerment) plus Vipassana meditation.
I'm also teaching my grandkids how to cook and garden from scratch. I've turned them into avid seed savers as well!
Mind and mental events are concepts, mere postulations within the three realms of samsara Longchenpa .... A link to my Garden, Art and Foodie blog Scratch Living