Sea To Seed: Of The Land, Of The Song
2017 Sea To Seed Photo Essay Part 2
“We cannot eat really great songs. They will not sustain us very long, you know?” This is what Leah Song told me while we sat together in a field on Stowel Lake Farm at the end of last year’s Sea To Seed tour.
I have shared this sentiment for a few years now. I grew up just north of where Leah and I sat talking, in the raw nature of north Vancouver Island; raised to know what it is to live surrounded by nature and grow our own food. As I grew older and more curious about the rest of the world I felt the urge to leave what was comfortable, to explore the unknown, namely the sounds and lights of the city. Soon I deeply immersed myself in music and art, and put my filmmaking skills to work supporting those who were creating the beauty that I saw in the world.
These years of urban living truly helped to shape me into the person that I am today. Eventually I started to feel an unease at how the community I was calling home tended to put more emphasis on the importance of the artist than on that of the humble farmer. I also began feeling a longing for the countryside that raised me, it was then that I left the city for White Crow Farm.
The people at White Crow Farm had found a beautiful balance, bringing farming and the arts together. It was not long after that that I began to deepen my skills as a filmmaker and storyteller, sharing the amazing stories of those who dedicated their lives to stewarding the land and growing food for their communities.
Not long after this a beautiful group of artists, storytellers and farmers, along with myself, gathered to create the very first Sea To Seed tour. This was our way of bringing all of our abilities together to celebrate the land, the farmer, and the artist. Something that Peia shared with me really captures the essence of why we set off on this journey:
“We come from the land, just as the plants and the animals do. Our survival and our health and our vitality as a species is dependent on the health and vitality of the land. In our sort of fast-paced modern society, and especially in our urban living, it’s really easy to become completely disconnect from what that means”