Elia Rodríguez & Vicente Méndez
Those of us who were fortunate to grow up in a family in the countryside had an apprenticeship from childhood which we were not really aware of: seeing your parents work for a lifetime, you begin to learn a lot of things without even realizing that you’re learning it.
The love for the land manifests itself, especially by the way you treat it. This soil is a living thing, one has to start from this, that the soil is a living thing, it’s not an inert thing, and so you have to work it with care and treat it as the living thing that it is.
You can’t go against Nature during the growing cycles, and, all in all, one has to understand what the Land is and love it; so that you know what you have to do and then she lets you know how you should really do things, you know?
Our grandparents were doing ecological agriculture, in contact with the Land, and they did it well. And then, all of a sudden, everything changed to chemicals, but it was carelessly, too fast, within a few years. You looked at “development” as the chemical model, the conventional way. And you thought of what your grandparents used to do as backwards.
I think it was a doctor friend of ours, who told us to better not hold our children– when the children were small if we were spraying chemicals. So then you begin wondering, ‘What is this?’ We’ve always been told that this wasn’t anything bad, that we could use it and it was allowed, and so and so…
Until, it suddenly dawns on you and you say: No, it’s the other way around, I mean, the progressive thing was what our grandparents used to do and we are the ones now, going backwards.