In our part of the world, growing food might sometimes be hard. The seasons are short and many, and the climate can vary from clear sky and sun, to freezing temperatures and blistering snow. In reward though, we also get long and endless days with a lot of light. That combined with the low temperatures, makes our vegetables grow slowly and build up a taste that is sweeter and less bitter.
However, for us, roots is so much more than the numerous root-vegetables that you can find. Even if we are talking about roots in a cultural or biological context, roots are in many ways a storage of energy and has the purpose of anchoring a body to the ground, and supporting it.
Roots have the power to destroy concrete and to stabilize soil. Some roots have the ability to heal, and been used for centuries to cure illnesses. Some roots on the other hand, have the ability to kill, like the nuún, the root of a Lonchocarpus, which the Nukak people of the Amazon uses to hunt fish. For us in the western part of the world, more known as rotenone and used to cleanse our rivers and lakes of the parasite gyrodactylus salaris.
Roots are also about family, culture and our legacy. This year we pay special tribute to the indigenous people of Scandinavia, the Sami people. This year is a year, of celebration for the Sami people as the 100th anniversary of the first Sami congress is marked. The first congress was initiated and led by Elsa Laula Renneberg, who lived a large part of her life here in the area around Mosjøen. The congress played an important part in the work towards giving Sami people, all over Scandinavia, their rights.
Our roots also influence the way we live, learn and teach. Our roots create and mold our culture, which again is a product of the things we pass on from generations before us, sometimes slightly adapted and altered.
In September, we will also try to highlight how trade and culinary exchange with other cultures have played a large part in influencing our roots and culinary heritage.
So with these words, we hope to see you all in September!