Son of a Farmer

“Everything is connected. That bond is what keeps this Planet dancing round in poetic choreography. That connection is what keeps us all alive. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. If we are capable of destruction, we are most certainly capable of healing. ” – Eric Herm

Eric Herm, (organic farmer, author, activist and musician) translates modern day agriculture and life through various mediums and venues in his own unique West Texas manner. With plow, pen, guitar and sarcastic wit, Herm plunges forward into a world of tumbleweeds, sandstorms, droughts, GMOs, and rural existence.

Part of the Whole

For many years, I lived separate – separate from Nature, separate from friends and family, separate from what I ate, drank, or even loved. Coming back home to the family farm was an awakening, or better yet a reawakening. Being a part of the Earth, a flesh and bone guardian angel of the soil, gives one a clearer perspective that everything is one…not separate.

The great gold coin slips into the slot of night’s jukebox.

The great gold coin slips into the slot of night’s jukebox.

The great gold coin slips into the slot of night's jukebox.

On this farm, I’ve learned that everything is connected. What I do to the Earth, I do to my children, my parents, my ancestors, my neighbors, and myself. Everything is alive – the soil, microscopic organisms, earthworms, bees, lady bugs, hawks, sparrows, rabbits, coyotes and much more. Water flowing above and below ground is our life source as is the soil from which we grow our crops. Healthy water and soil grows healthy food. Healthy food nourishes our mind, body, and spirit. Healthy humans are more complete beings, more fulfilled. Without healthy water and soil, we are unable to reach our highest potential.

In Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth I wanted to reach people with common sense principles but with a soulful purpose. This book reaffirms the importance of our connection to all things. Through educating people about our food and water supply, GMOs, herbicides and pesticides, government policies and every significant aspect of agriculture, we are literally exposing the root of many problems in our culture – environmentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.    Nature is not a commodity. Nature is an extension of ourselves. We cannot change this world for the better if we do not know what the problems are. We cannot solve those problems by using the same methods that caused them. We are the necessary change that must occur on this planet. As humans, we are the flesh and bone collective consciousness with a tremendous honor and responsibility – healing the Earth. We cannot heal ourselves until we heal the Earth. We cannot be who we were meant to be until we accept that we are part of the whole, not separate, not any better or worse, but privileged to be in the position to make this transition of higher consciousness by connecting to all things.

In Surviving Ourselves, I wanted to dig deeper into our relationship with Nature and reveal how everything we do to the planet, we are ultimately doing to ourselves. We’ve removed our existence so far from nature that we are collectively segregated. In many instances, we consider ourselves superior, thus widening the gap between us and the rest of the whole.

By making this connection with proper actions, true living begins. This message that beats within our chests is the same song sung by the river’s flow, the mountain’s summit, the prairie’s wind, and the desert’s cry. Together, it is a song of harmony. Fragmented, it’s just noise.