How do we create abundance?
Science and Big Business say we should only look forward―to more complex technology and innovation. But centuries ago, Native Americans already knew one of the secrets.
Long before Europeans reached North America and the first settlers sat down to the first Thanksgiving meal, many Native Americans cultivated staples corn, squash and beans together in one plot. They called these plants “sisters” to reflect how they thrived when they were grown together.
Interplanting these agricultural sisters produced bountiful harvests that sustained large Native communities and created fruitful trade economies.
If the European settlers learned anything from this example, the lesson didn’t stick with them for very long. Today we rely on monoculture farming that damages our land, our climate and, ultimately, our bodies.
As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals this year it’s worth asking ourselves: why did these superior Native farming practices decline and what benefits could emerge from bringing them back?