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Thursday Moodboard & the Honorable Harvest

“‘You sound like my grandmother, back in my village in Turkey… The Honorable Harvest is her way, too. In her house, we learned that everything we put in our mouths, everything that allows us to live, is the gift of another life. I remember lying with her at night as she made us thank the rafters of her house and the wool blankets we slept in. My grandma wouldn’t let us forget that these are all gifts, which is why you take care of everything, to show respect for that life. In my grandmother’s house we were taught to kiss the rice. If a single grain fell to the ground, we learned to pick it up and kiss it, to show we meant no disrespect in wasting it…’

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. But if you were to list them, they may look like something like this:

Know the way 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 thank 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 reciporictiy for what you have taken.
Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.”

–Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

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