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Sharon Fagan McDermott: This Against the Night

Sweet hyssop and the sweltering hives
from which sail bees, their resolute flight
into July, into my garden.

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hayden Saunier: After Watching the Attorney General Testify, May 1, 2019

I’m back outside, hands deep in dirt and dirt’s
the only thing that’s telling truth today.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Carla Bell: Black Communities Are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing

The program is designed to teach children their role in nature, to respect and care for the land and its creatures; and to grow, preserve, and cook the food made available by the land.

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shanna B. Tiayon: Serotonin and the Garden of Good Eating

The garden was literally healing me. The low to mild depression I had been cycling in and out of started to break, and I felt lighter, happier, and more self-accepting.

May 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Linda Ingroia: What Is Mud’s Dirty Little Secret?

It’s a double-edged sword. … The more we put up barriers, the more we reduce our human microbiomes.

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miguel Altieri: How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

Many organizations see urban agriculture as a way to enhance food security. It also offers environmental, health and social benefits.

April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Judith A. Brice: Prolepsis of Emerald

On the calendar we see the bold square, marking the number 21 in March,  marking our hope, our deep breath— 21, our emerald prolepsis, our brain’s fast synapse between withdrawal … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Susan Sonde: Kinesis with Garden Implements

Shallow the trough of words between us, the grammar of inchoate usage. I am here and you aren’t saying much. Be complicit with me, inhabit my wherefore so apprehensive. I … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kristophe Green & Dacher Keltner: Nature Is So Good for You That Even Watching It on TV Improves Well-Being

Watching a few minutes of “Planet Earth” can lead you to feel 46 percent more awe and 31 percent more gratitude. Humans have long intuited that being in nature is … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Wealth Measured in Persimmons

Despite my best efforts, I’m a pioneer-woman-manque: I want to be Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I don’t have the stamina for it. I let kale and beet greens get fuzzy … Continue reading

November 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids

Why the Resistance is fertile, not futile. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Why Gardening is Good for Us

Last year, Eva and I hired a contractor to remove the asphalt from our backyard which for years had been used as a woodlot and a basketball court. The soil … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 4 Comments

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