LIVING WALL NEW MEXICO // FOOD JUSTICE RESIDENCY // SANTE FE // USA // 2015
Humans depend to a large degree on goods provided by natural and managed ecosystems. As our intrinsic relationships with earth and each other depend on the natural environment for a variety of benefits to our well being, our dependencies encompass a range of ecosystem services, from utilising basic resources for living - clean water, food, fertile soil- to interactions with nature that affirm and enrich our place in the world - places to recreate, play and take wonder in life. This means recognising that the valuation of nature does not stand or fall on an economic viewpoint alone. It means developing ways in which the plurality of values people hold for the natural environment are presented and advocated for in terms that capture their many and diverse expression. This living research wall helped us to contextualise the plant life and the fundermental connection to it that sustains us. The time in New Mexico allowed us to draw connections to food and medicine and form an evolving learning relationship that taught us how to co-habitat deeply within a our contemporary existence.