SPARKS

SPARKS

Walking through a nearby park at dusk the other night, I saw a single spark. Then another. Soon there were too many to count, hovering in the airspace between my chin and my ankles, lighting my way past the lake, the gazebo, and over the boney cast iron bridge. Who...
COMMUNITY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE LAND

COMMUNITY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE LAND

This is who I am: Devil’s Den, Bull Run Farm, Sages Ravine, Spruce Knob, Dickinson’s Reach, Heron’s Rip, Moosilauke, Arun River Valley, Central Harlem, Cedar Mesa, Chama River, Chichicastango, Arch Rock, Drake’s Beach, Glacier Bay, Lake Atitlan, Knoll Farm. That’s my...
WHAT DOES THE WORD “FARMER” MEAN?

WHAT DOES THE WORD “FARMER” MEAN?

The definition of farmer is: “a person who cultivates land or crops or raises animals (such as livestock or fish).”[1] In use, however, the term isn’t that clear. The most recent USDA numbers show more than half of today’s farmers have a primary occupation other than...
10 Benefits of Gardening with Kids

10 Benefits of Gardening with Kids

We have all heard that being outside in the fresh air has amazing health benefits. We have also heard that planting flowers can be therapeutic. But did you know that gardening has amazing developmental benefits for kids? 10 Benefits of Gardening with Kids Engages All...
To Be Human – Interdependency

To Be Human – Interdependency

What does it mean to be human is an urgent question for me as I face the destabilizing and possibly cataclysmic changes that global climate change is bringing. In the face of the unsettling and grief-inducing news and reports, I seek solace in trying to answer two...
3 Things You Can Do to Help Avoid Climate Disaster

3 Things You Can Do to Help Avoid Climate Disaster

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire warning last week: We need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and we need to do it fast to avoid catastrophic climate change.At the current rate, our global carbon budget will be spent in the next 10 to 14...