HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH
written by Alexis McCarthy The Honorable Harvest Know the ways of the ones who take care of you, so that you may take care of them. Introduce yourself.
Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life. Ask permission before taking. Abide by the answer. Never take the first. Never take the last. Take only what you need. Take only that which is given. Never take more than half.
Leave some for others. Harvest in a way that minimizes harm. Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken. Share. Give thanks for what you have been given. Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever. * The traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous harvesters is rich in prescriptions for sustainability. They are found in Native science and philosophy, in lifeways and practices, but most of all in stories, the ones that are told to help restore balance, to locate ourselves once again in the circle. The guidelines for the Honorable Harvest are not written down, or even consistently spoken of as a whole—they are reinforced in small acts of daily life. Listed, they might look something like this. An excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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If I can help you or your organization, get in touch. I would love to connect. Best, Alexis