Aletta long worked in conventional farming. She had up to 45 milk cows. Today, Aletta has five cows. Because she had a vision: of a form of farming – biodynamic – in which the farm becomes again a place of exchange between the Earth, Animals, Plants, and Man.
She travelled far in order to seek out different ways of thinking and doings things, all the way to New Zealand. She discovered biodynamic farming and returned to Woseley, transforming her farm into a place where plants, animals, and people can cooperate, in a living relationship with Mother Earth, for the well-being of them all.
The five cows are gathered together around a heap of peppers, which they are savoring like a pepperoni pizza. Aletta explains that time will still be needed before we witness the fruit of all her work, but that playing this role of mediator is very important, to maintain a living relationship with other people, and to maintain a connection between the energies of the earth and the energies of the cosmos.
I was touched by this free woman, who radiates a peaceful force, who does not try to convince, but to go all the way with her convictions, and devotes her life to this. She offers us a glass of passion fruit syrup, and I tell myself that this fresh, regenerating drink is an image of what she is working to create – fruits of passion.
from Bernard for la Terre et les Hommes, 2 mars 2011