As we go into our final week of fundraising, we look forward to announcing more developments to our team in the coming days. Meanwhile, we wanted to share some Sunday inspiration.
In writing the script, our curiosity was sparked by Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire, which explores the reciprocal relationship between humans and plants. Our protagonist, Rachel, is a budding herbalist, keen on making her own medicine. In this clip from our interview with farmer Ann Teller of Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, Ann walks us through her herb garden and speaks to the fascinating anti-bacterial properties of oregano.
If you’re feeling under the weather, go get yourself some oil of oregano! Check out this free PBS documentary on The Botany of Desire and explore the interactive site for more learning.
Here’s a timely quote found in today’s New York Times Book Review, on THE NATURE FIX: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative:
“In 1984, the biologist Edward O. Wilson put a scientific spin on the idea with his book ‘Biophilia,’ which posited that humans possess an innate love of nature. In the generation since, scientists have sought to confirm the biophilia hypothesis — and they’re starting to get results. As little as 15 minutes in the woods has been shown to reduce test subjects’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Increase nature exposure to 45 minutes, and most individuals experience improvements in cognitive performance… Awe, which many people experience in nature, is, according to one study, associated with increased generosity toward other people. Maybe what we get out of nature is a sense of connection to the larger community of life. I know how that sounds: at best like an aspiration dressed up as a hypothesis, at worst like woolly-headed romanticism. But here’s the thing — science is on its way to proving it.”
With 5 days to go, we are $3,200 from the getting the Green Light to secure the funds we have raised thus far on Seed&Spark. Now is the time to share the campaign with friends who might be interested in bringing this story to life!
Thanks for your support and for following along.