What I love most about life, is the alchemical process of transformation. What is the secret of our rubbish becoming rich and fertile soil again?
I salute the village and residents of Darabkola in Northern Iran for initiating the village-wide movement to turn their kitchen waste into compost. Our project, Soil Alchemy, started in December 2017. It has been a beautiful start with the village folk bringing their kitchen rubbish along with their love and labour to make the community compost. The village municipality supplied us with gloves, straw, cow manure, lime, and water. Trees for Hope invested in the forks needed to turn the compost. A third local NGO, Children of the Good Earth, informed and gathered the local residents. This project ran for six months and fell asleep for the time being.
I think the Soil Alchemy project needs to wake up at a nation-wide scale. Why? When the Soil Alchemy project is awake and operating, it not only helps to transform our waste to rich soil, the base of our true wealth and health, it transforms our social and mental diseases to pure cultural gold. Compost making then becomes a sacred act. An activity worthy of our lives, of every hour we dedicate to this transformation. This is why I think the Soil Alchemy needs to wake us up, all over the place 🥰.
© Pupak Haghighi
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