by Tawny Tipping
Kathryn Gant, of Provision Organic Farm, believes that with organic farming, the concept of interconnectedness underlies everything. As a principle that is associated with the feminine, she has been drawn to it her whole life. From a young age on she observed how humans have altered and damaged nature, harming people and the planet through feeding operations that abuse animals and depress communities, an agricultural system that harms the health of its own workers and dead zones in oceans from fertilizer run off.
She apprenticed as a farmer in the late 1990s and pursued sustainable agriculture as a career because it was a trade that relied upon connectedness. She was impressed by how organic farmers slowly build an entire ecosystem from the soil on up, including the microbes, insects, animals, waterways and neighboring lands. “Ultimately, the successful organic farm nurtures even the community in which it lives,” Gant says. “Today, millions of people are now attracted to holistic thought. Organic food and farming are now seen as important. I am grateful to be a part of this movement.”
Gant notes that aside from a really good pair of boots, any farmer’s best tool is her intuition. “More than once, intuition has pointed me to one area when my head and calculations have told me otherwise. Later, I would find that if I had listened to my intuition, I would have been helped not hindered by the whims of the weather,” she reflects. “Intuition is the only decent chance to get things right over half of the time.”
For Gant, organic farming allows her to embrace her feminine power, stay true to herself, and carry the torch for balance in our world.