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2019 Heirloom Expo: Epiphany & the Singing Plants

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, we had a great time at the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA last week, with several memorable experiences. Today I’d like to share one that just blew my socks off (okay, I wasn’t actually wearing socks…) I’ve since recovered, but it was a powerful experience so I’ll try to hearken back.

As you know if you’ve been keeping up, my husband and I were at the Expo as vendors, hawking the Seed Savers series. This meant we couldn’t fully take advantage of all the wonderful speaker sessions, etc. But we tried to get to a few.

So I had arrived about 40-45 minutes late to one entitled “Moringa: Growing the Superfood.” I’ll be honest. I’d never even heard of moringa. I was just going to see the speaker since we’d met at an earlier conference and I wanted to say “hi.” So it wasn’t too big a deal that my husband didn’t get back to man the booth in a timely manner. Although I’m always up to learn about superfoods!

I’m standing over on the edge of the room, the speaker is talking kind of low, some people are leaving… I hear nothing about superfoods, but I stick around. Then some slides are put up on a screen. Speaker is saying something about plant songs, plants singing. They are playing an audio clip. I hear music, sort of, but I still don’t know what she’s talking about. You see, my friends, although I’d heard that plants communicate with each other, I’d not heard that we have the ability to measure the vibrations, synthesize it, and play the music of plants. Maybe you have. Since returning home and googling it, apparently it’s not new.

But back to my story.

So I’m standing there wondering what the speaker means by plants singing, wondering what this has to do with the title in the program when the speaker says that we are now going to listen “LIVE” to the plants singing. They explain about how it’s done, and then hook the plants up. I’m pretty sure one of the plants was a Moringa tree (makes sense, right?), but I don’t know what the other one was.

Friends, it was mesmerizing. I almost cried. Of course my technology failed me (plot by Apple), so I can’t play it for you now. I walked out of the building into the sunlight and felt I’d been changed. Like it was one of those life-changing experience you sometimes hear people refer to. Words fail me now, in trying to describe it. Back in that moment, I look to my right and see a sign over a food booth proclaiming “Plant-based Food!” Aah! I think about the vegetarians who I thought so clever when they proclaimed they didn’t eat anything with a face. It’s all the same! I’m thinking. We are all in this together. The plants, the animals–they sing! As long as we honor what we consume, it’s okay.

Not trying to get all woo-woo on you here, just telling you the thoughts exploding in my head at the time. I was also wondering if the houseplants I recently killed by overwatering had been screaming at the time. So it goes.

Now as I sit here, all of those feelings have subsided. But it was a remarkable experience. If you’ve never heard plants singing, especially live and in person, I hope someday you get the opportunity. 🙂

And because I have no video or even a photo of the singing plants, I leave you some of the lovely flowers displayed at the Expo. Peace




Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter. Sign up for the newsletter!

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