Lughnassadh (often pronounced “LOO-nahs-ah”) or the Anglo-Saxon “Lammas,” is one of the Greater Sabbats and honors the First Harvest. In agricultural traditions throughout the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the start of the harvest cycle, when grains and corn are the first to ripen.
For a more traditional discussion about this holiday, click here.
But today, I think it is a splendid time to raise your awareness about the food you eat. Take action to support your local farmers and sustainable agriculture. Whether you live in an urban location or out in the suburbs, or even in rural areas, get to know the food on your table — where it comes from and those whose labor put it there.
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If the film Food, Inc. is showing in your town, go see it. While challenging, it is not depressing. Yes, I know we’re all on overload, with environmental crisis fatigue threatening. But things are not hopeless. You owe it to your family and yourself to educate yourself. Learn the facts and, in the name of the Harvest Gods, demand better.
May your rites be joyful, healthful, and overflowing with Earth’s rich bounty.
May you never hunger. May you never thirst.