Hello everyone! Finally, it’s about time to share a little more about our self-initiated project featuring the lovely people from TERRA and the video we did with them.
TERRA is the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) co-op in Luxembourg, kept alive by Sofie, Pit and Marco, three very inspiring people with an incredibly laid-back attitude. Together, in their beautiful field located just 10 minutes away from the city, they grow organic vegetables in a permaculture method and provide this honest local food to the members of their community. Their every day routine involves experimenting, working with soil and produce, sharing their knowledge and harvests with their members, making it not just an agriculture initiative but a whole social, participatory experience that everyone is welcome in. Of course, as a consequence, they are part of a larger, impacting movement supported by real people who want to know about the origins of their food, and this is something we truly believe in as well. So of course, when we first learned about them, we couldn’t help but being extremely curious and wanting to share it!
We got to know them, collaborated a few times via our mindful living project, Orla Collective, and with time, we got to know them better and grew even more fond of them. We thought: wouldn’t it be awesome if we could document all that is happening in this place?
A few months ago, we got the right opportunity to go for it and do so, as we found out about a video contest promoting handwork & craft careers and decided to participate. Among a few other interesting people in our surrounding who work with their hands, we thought of TERRA once again, and we immediately got excited about featuring them in such a project. The idea was to create a sort of glimpse into their lifestyle in a way that can inspire other people. So we went to their field and filmed what we saw, as well as asking them questions about what TERRA feels like. We recorded footage and sounds for a couple of sessions, and then we were ready to take it with us on our trip to Crete and start editing! David also composed the music for it, during a few calm sessions which helped him get back to his musical routine. It was so much fun to put all of it together. Check it out:
But then, something not so great happened. After weeks of intense work, we happily submitted it, and a few days later, we found out it was disapproved because it wouldn’t fit into any of the defined categories. We had doubted that in the beginning and asked about it, we were told it was going to fit well in the contest, but to our surprise, it didn’t turn out like that. Needless to say, we were quite disappointed. Not only were we missing the prize (which is actually not so important), but the possibility of this video & lifestyle being seen by lots of people was now excluded. Despite that, we got to a little conclusion: this is what happens to people who try to make things differently. They don’t fit in and can’t be labeled, right?
What about those people? They have the power to inspire us and deserve recognition for the way they live their lives. TERRA are not just “makers”, they belong to a whole new breed of social activists. The standard business model is far from that, and their activity doesn’t fit in a box. It’s all for the better, and the only way to make a change. It all reminded me how much we don’t like to be labelled ourselves!
The other day, we went back there and took some photographs of a special moment where the community comes together, when everyone goes to pick up their weekly box full of freshly harvested vegetables. We were lucky, as this harvest was particularly colourful!
Check out the crazy coloured cauliflower in this man’s basket!
Thank you Marco, Pit & Sophie for letting us share all of this. We wish you the best for the future!