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Wild Food, Nutrition & Relationship to Place with Special Guest Arthur Haines

Please join us as we welcome special guest Arthur Haines, one the preeminent wild food and foraging leaders in our region.  We will join together to share a potluck supper at 6:30 and follow that with our program at 7:00.

Space is limited.  Bring a healthy dish or beverage to share and your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin) for a zero-waste event.

As permaculturists, many of us value the fact that we are participants in the ecosystems within which we live and we typically seek to support and create healthy food systems within those ecosystems.  Some permaculture methods are more highly designed and managed, while others place more value on the systems that evolved long before Europeans landed on these shores.  Regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum ranging from managed horticulture/agriculture all the way over to "wild" landscapes rich with foragable food and medicine, Arthur's talk will provide new and provocative ways of considering land use and nutrition.

This is a family-friendly event with dedicated safe space for supervised little people.

Arthur will center his talk around the often under-appreciated aspect of land use having to do with human health and nutrition that can be derived from wild foods. Examination of isolated populations and numerous independent studies have shown that wild, nutrient-dense foods are necessary for a life free of chronic disease. This lecture takes a provocative look at agriculture (particularly small-scale) and its effects on the environment and human health. Understanding human anatomical and genetic changes that have occurred in the past century will help illuminate deficiencies in our diet. Appreciating the critical need humans have for wild food provides another powerful argument for the protection of land from uses that drastically alter its ecological function.

More About Arthur Haines:

Greetings!  My name is Arthur Haines and I’ve been helping people explore human ecology for over 20 years.  I’ve done this with the mission of developing deep awareness of and connection to nature, promoting individual health, and fostering self-reliance.  Wild food is a passion of mine, and through this, I offer a glimpse of our past and a new picture of our future.  Numerous independent studies attest to the health benefits of wild plants that were consumed by indigenous people around the world.  These foods are documented as both the most nutrient-dense plants available and having the greatest concentrations of beneficial phytochemicals, which offer protection against premature aging and insults to health.  Wild plants offer a magnificent gateway to real food and wild living.  Through this knowledge, and many other facets of our shared ancestral lifeways, we can awaken a rewilding of our body, mind, and heart.

I believe we are at an important crossroads in our existence, one where domestication of the human species has led to an inability for most to nourish, heal, and care for themselves.  This process has created profound blindness to the consequences of modern industry and the illnesses associated with nature disconnection.  It is critically important to recognize that this point in history, where conversion of the remaining wild lands to intensively managed landscapes and urban areas, is where each person’s unique inherited potential is becoming more difficult to achieve.  That is, there is a diminishing opportunity to live up to our full genetic capability.

Despite this awareness, I remain positive and hopeful for my family, my students, and my extended community.  It is the very skills I practice (i.e., the skills I live)—foraging, wildcrafting medicine, tracking, and many other aspects of wild living—that provide me with grounding and peacefulness in these times.  These ancestral technologies provide a reliable means to attain health, become self-reliant, and disenthrall people from the wage slavery that suppresses their true selves.  I propose that any solutions that are offered must come from the understanding that we are infused with seven million years of hominid history that has shaped our physical bodies, patterned our ways of thinking, and created nutritional, social, and spiritual needs that must be satisfied.  Likewise, I consider nutrition to be of prime importance (i.e., a starting place) because the health of the physical body so strongly affects many other aspects of our living.  This belief is reflected in my daily life through the gathering and consumption of wild foods (and sharing this bounty with guests).

My goal as a teacher and mentor is to share my experience and offer real solutions to individuals and families at all stages of life.  Examining modern scientific research through the lens of historical evidence provides a unique perspective with which to filter the numerous and often conflicting studies that serve to confuse people and paralyze them with inaction.  I endeavor to share knowledge garnered from this perspective, one that merges the material knowledge of present-day people with the ecological knowledge of ancestral people. I sincerely hope our paths cross, and I offer best wishes to everyone seeking an alternative to the current paradigm of living.

Arthur Haines

Delta Institute of Natural History

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  • Deborah G.

    Yes, Lisa I realize that but the announcement came out and it seemed like a new least that's how I interpreted it. Is there a chance he'll do another class?

    June 21, 2013

  • Deborah G.

    And I just got this notice now? Too late.

    June 20, 2013

    • Lisa F.

      Hi Deb - this was on the calendar for a couple of months.

      June 21, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Once in awhile you learn something that sets you back on your heels and causes you to re-examine your worldview. To me those are incredible moments and I had one at last night's presentation. I thought I knew a great deal about healthy food, and in fact I did within the context of the discourse generally allowed in our society. Then I met Arthur Haines. Thank you, Arthur, for rocking my world. Fantastic!

    June 21, 2013

  • Loren B

    Add 5 more stars for excellent presentation and questions. Bring Arthur back soon.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Kim H.

    I expected to learn about foraging, which I did. Also learned about personal health (and that of future generations) living more fully, reconnecting to wild landscapes. Highly recommend his books and would go to another of his presentations in a flash.

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Donanne D.

    Amazing!!!! Loved it!! Very confirming for me.

    June 21, 2013

  • Kevin E.

    This was a most inspirational and enlightening talk/presentation. Arthur confirmed from his intensive study and vast experience what I have only intuited, that our modern agrarian food system and our disconnection from Nature is killing us. Arthur is a brilliant resource and leader in our community. I greatly appreciate his concern for the generations to come. I highly recommend his books and attending any workshop or course that he teaches. Can't wait to learn more from him!

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Ellen D. L.

    With so much interest in this subject and a long wait list, how about having another wild food/foraging meetup, either with Arthur Haines or someone else?

    June 21, 2013

  • christine

    Hi Folks. Just found out that a family obligation will keep me from attending this event tomorrow evening. Just wanted to let folks know so that someone could come off the waiting list. Cheers, Christine

    June 19, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    hope there's room!

    June 17, 2013

  • John P.

    I can't believe this one is full already! :(

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arthur is a great resource, teacher, and speaker. Enjoy!

    June 14, 2013

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