My practice had been based within people and communities and
suddenly I realised I had a new community to work with, my family and neighbours .
I wrote them a letter explaining my project and asking for contributions
on the topic of Soil-Care and Self-Care, in particularly in relation to the
quarantine we were all in.
I was very surprised by the amount of answers I received. All came
from very personal feelings, emotions, and experiences.
realised that my project had taken, with the development of the Covid
situation, a whole other meaning triggered by the thoughts that arose from the
reality of the situation.
‘’I remember my high school teacher told
us that it took 1 year to create 1 millimetre of soil, and that it took a
thousand years to create a meter of soil ... and that all of this could be so
quickly destroyed ...’’
‘’I contemplate the garden for long
‘’It is important to rediscover our
environment and what it can provide us with food, medicines and raw materials.’’
Joining Bellacasa’s* thought about the need for
humans to be part of an ecological foodweb, I think it is important to envisage
going back to a more autonomous societal situation. Linking to my project, to improve
our human-soil relation isn’t just a personal, but a global need. We must reconnect
with nature to explore what it can give us in terms of food, medicine, and
*Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2015). Making time for soil: Technoscientific futurity and the pace of care. Social Studies of Science, 45(5), 691-71