Zia Gallina

In a previous lifetime, Zia Gallina worked as a botanist for the National Parks Service, on the C&O Canal outside of Washington D.C. (lecturing on wild indigenous and naturalized medicinal and culinary plants). She was also an adjunct professor teaching biology and environmental science at American University, Washington D.C. But she has always been, first and foremost, a farmer and a champion of small-scale biointensive farming, tagging behind Mother Nature, trying to stay as close as she can get.


Cultivating Beauty

I think the reason that gardeners and small-scale farmers have such passion about their calling is that their deepest needs are satisfied. I am calling it beauty but it is more than that. It is fullfilling a longing.

May 8, 2024

Duck eggs in spring

A Spring Equinox Fable

Spring affords a time to see things from a new perspective — our work, our families and friends, our passions and beliefs. The perfect time to re- examine our world. We can start over. A new beginning.

March 20, 2024

wild farm

Farm like an ecosystem Part III: Wild farming

Seeing the farm as part of the entire ecosystem, not something separate from it, can ensure that a healthy balanced biodiversity remains.

March 12, 2024

deep winter

Deep Winter Beauty

Deep winter has given me enough time to take a long pause to appreciate what I have. At this moment. Whatever I have right in front of me.

February 7, 2024

winter solstice

Winter solstice 2023

There is a wisdom to this time of the year. Perhaps by just sitting with the dark, the seeds of whatever I must do next will arrive on their own.

December 21, 2023


Welcoming the weeds: Farming like an ecosystem Part 2

Our weeds are just where they belong, in our fields, along our roads, in every compromised, degraded, or devastated ecosystem. Free food and medicine in our backyards. Essential for ecosystem restoration, perhaps they will also be essential for our future food and medicine.

December 12, 2023

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