Proud to be slow
Over the last few years nature has given us a masterclass in the importance of connections and what happens when they fray too thin, or break altogether.
It’s time to dig in and strengthen those connections.
Dig in to strengthen the soil that feeds us. Dig in and take a stand for a healthier planet. Dig in to support the people growing our food and regenerating our landscapes. Dig in to the feast and reconnect with those you love.
PROUD TO BE SLOW
As the world becomes ever more frenzied in the pursuit of growth and immediate gratification at all costs, it’s increasingly difficult to find food that is allowed to reach maturity or fruition naturally. Everything is modified for speed: chickens reach market weight at five to six weeks old, most beef is 12-18 months old and fruit and vegetables are picked before they’re ripe.
Regardless of which part we play in the cycle of production and consumption, we’re all deeply entrenched in a lifestyle based on extracting the greatest yield with the least effort in the shortest time. Even while our awareness and collective anxiety about the long-term viability of this approach rockets into the red zone, we’re so hooked in that it feels impossible to change course.
Except that there are some people who choose to buck the system and work to a different rhythm, in sync with rather than against natural systems, with a long-term plan for developing intrinsic resilience and productivity.
In the short term, producing food this way takes longer, yields less, earns less and requires more patience and skill than relying on artificial props to generate fertility and abundance. But, in the long term, the animals and plants they tend are healthier, the food they produce is more nutritious and the improvements in soil health, carbon sequestration and water retention capacity are a boon to us all.
We’re proud to say that, since 2006, it’s this ‘slow food’ system that we (and you) support.
Feather and Bone operates on Cadigal/Wangal land. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We support the Uluru Statement of the Heart and we recognise that Aboriginal sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be.
Photo by Alan Benson, styling by Jane Hann.