Thoughts – Lost Knowledge of the Landscape

ByKevin Post

Thoughts – Lost Knowledge of the Landscape

It is very interesting that over the last 3 to 4 generations, we have lost our connection to nature. Our lives used to depend on this connection to nature and the landscape. If we did not know about the surrounding plants and animals, where to find them, when the best time to eat them was, we would die of starvation or disease.

Forest trail

A early fall walk along a forest trail – If you know what to eat, forest and wild fields are full of food. If you don’t eat wild edibles, spending time in nature reduces stress and your blood pressure.

What if we could increase our knowledge of the landscape? Would we become more connected with nature, with each other?

Not only does spending more time in nature reduces stress, depression, quicker hospital recoveries, and even reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms, among many other positive healthy “side effects” it could theoretically save your life too. It always pains me to hear that a lost hiker or hunter died of starvation when they were surrounded by so many healthy and extremely nutritious plants.

Our fore-parents knew much about the plants, the trees, the topography, the path of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the landscape. A skill that is becoming lost in our modern lifestyle. Few people are keeping these skills alive and are harvesting the weeds that grow in urban areas to eat. Most of these plants were brought here by our fore-parents whom settled these lands for their survival. Just like we go to the supermarkets today for a head of lettuce, our fore-parents brought with them plants to grow in their gardens plants like dandelions, lambs-quarter, purslane just to name a few.

As a landscape architect and outdoors person, I have a great interest in expanding my knowledge about the landscape. I am always learning more about how to use the landscape to improve all aspects of our lives such as increasing our fitness, which plants eat for nutrition and/or for health, how each plant fits into their related ecosystems and habitats, how the topography influences the environment and peoples’ movement through it. I am constantly learning and applying my knowledge to my landscape designs.

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