Cultivating the land, transforming the elements, harvesting the fruits of the season, and observing the rhythms of nature are all practices of understanding, love, and mindfulness. With mindfulness and concentration, we can come in touch with the earth, the sky, and the wonders of life. We feel our intimate connection with the planet as a living, breathing being and cultivate our gratitude and reverence for this miracle. From this process, we also touch healing and transformation within ourselves and gain a sense of our place on earth and our responsibility to the planet.
Because Mi Ta Zu Farm is in some respects like any other working farm—with similar management and scheduling demands—it has become a training ground for the integration of mindfulness in an everyday work environment. We hope that lessons learned at Mi Ta Zu can be applied in many other settings.
Advancing Sustainability through Local Food Production and Education
At Mi Ta Zu Farm we believe that adopting more appropriate (human-scaled) agricultural technology is an important step toward achieving greater sustainability. But technological change alone is not sufficient. Achieving a more sustainable way of life is also a spiritual challenge. By looking deeply inside ourselves and slowing down, we can identify our true needs and adopt ways to curb the wasteful consumption so common in many societies today. Mindfulness practice can be a crucial step toward ending excessive consumption.
We think of Mi Ta Zu as a training ground for holistic sustainability practice. We aspire to offer educational opportunities to explore living in close community, reconnecting with Mother Earth and applying loving kindness to the environmental, social and political challenges of our time.