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“Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the Earth will last forever”

With teachings from Lori Snyder (Métis, Tsuu T’ina, Anishinaabe, Cree, Nakoda & Nipissing Nations, Scottish, French,  Celtic), Jolene Andrew (Wet’suwet’en & Gitxan Nations), and Spirit, I have been creating medicinal teas, salves and incense from wild and Indigenous plants for many years. I host and plant walks in collaboration with, and with support from Indigenous community leaders.

With gratitude for the wisdom that Indigenous peoples today share with relative newcomers like me… I endeavour to practice the principles of the Honorable Harvest as described by Robin Wall-Kimmerer (Potawotami Nation) in Braiding Sweetgrass:

  • Ask permission of the ones whose lives you seek. Abide by the answer.
  • Never take the first. Never take the last.
  • Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.
  • Take only what you need and leave some for others.
  • Use everything that you take.
  • Take only that which is given to you.
  • Share it, as the Earth has shared with you.
  • Be grateful.
  • Reciprocate the gift.
  • Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the Earth will last forever.

Jenny van Enckevort

Earth to Jenny Communications & Urban Wild Arts


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May 6, 2022