Maggie Eileen, 2020
Shin Saimdang, 1504-1551
Eternity Farm is a small, no-till, human-scale vegetable farm that grows market and Asian vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms. We are Korean and Jewish queer women owned and operated. The farm is located on occupied Coast Salish land of Camano Island, Washington, one hour north of unceded Duwamish land/Seattle. Our mission is to nurture the web of life by farming with regenerative practices, providing nutritious food to all, and continuing the passage of knowledge and resources.
We acknowledge we occupy the unceded lands of the displaced Coast Salish peoples, including the Stillaguamish, Kikiallus, Lower Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, and Snohomish. We uplift Indigenous knowledge as the root source of what we call regenerative farming and permaculture practices. Our modern civilization is built upon genocide of the Indigenous peoples and the stolen land and labor of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian, and other people of color. We recognize that this acknowledgment is only the first step towards the sovereignty, reparations, and land justice that are deserved. Only collective action towards this goal will truly heal our communities and ecosystems.
~ The beautiful flower does not become empty when it fades and dies. It is already empty, in its essence. Looking deeply, we see that the flower is made of non-flower elements — light, space, clouds, earth, and consciousness. It is empty of a separate, independent self...a human being is not independent of other species, so to protect humans, we have to protect the non-human species. If we pollute the water and air, the vegetables and minerals, we destroy ourselves. We have to learn to see ourselves in things that we thought were outside of ourselves in order to dissolve false boundaries.
A flower is empty only of a separate self, but a flower is full of everything else. The whole cosmos can be seen, can be identified, can be touched, in one flower. So to say that the flower is empty of a separate self also means that the flower is full of the cosmos. It’s the same thing. So you are of the same nature as a flower: you are empty of a separate self, but you are full of the cosmos. You are as wonderful as the cosmos, you are a manifestation of the cosmos. ~
-- Thich Nhat Hanh