Since we’re talking about Elementary Farming, can we still refer to “horticultural courses”, at least in the most common sense of the term?
From an organisational and logistical point of view, yes, absolutely. However, when looking at the way in which meetings are carried out and their content, the differences become apparent.
Nature’s impenetrable complexity cannot be imprisoned in agronomy’s pretentious simplifications. Instead, our senses, which we all have and can feel, act as the real point of contact, and therefore of permeation, for the natural processes from which we draw the fruits of the earth.
We need to focus our senses on the dewdrop that, right now, is running down the blade of grass. From here, we can reach a state of belonging without needing to understand.
Nowadays, it’s taken for granted that matter can be understood through science, but regardless of how far speculation may go, science will always be applied to the more external aspects of natural processes. By acting on matter, farming practices derived from this approach have historically managed to kill vitality, or rather, the naturally driven energy at the heart of the perceptual world.
Both the “conventional” and “organic” agricultural practices currently in use have been developed within this biocidal context.
We are natural beings. Although this has been forgotten, a pre-programmed knowledge lives on in our DNA. A clear example of this can be found in (other) animals’ ability to create suitable conditions for their own well-being without the resultant environmental destruction, something which is an inevitable consequence of technology and science.
The unique characteristic of human beings lies in their ability to transform places according to their own needs, going far beyond the limitations of other living beings. However, in a social context other than the consumerist one, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the environment has to suffer.
The undesigned world is better than the designed one. This can be seen in the harmony of the countryside’s fields and farmhouses that remained intact after the advent of industrialisation, ancient landscapes where the footprint of human beings and creation balance each other out in beauty. Typical contemporary design should not be confused with the planning that is part of what living people do.
Feelings override discussions, and doing is a form of energy that finds its way to the riverbed where it flows until it achieves the fullness of its result.
The only design scale allowed by nature is 1:1.
This change in mentality will result in splendid vegetable gardens that are not very demanding but are hyperproductive, ready to support the social change that is currently taking place and that goes far beyond the frameworks of a world which now appears trapped in materialism.
18th March 2018
Gian Carlo Cappello