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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

Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

The war against the Earth began with this idea of separateness. Its contemporary seeds were sown when the living Earth was transformed into dead matter to facilitate the industrial revolution. Monocultures replaced diversity. “Raw materials” and “dead matter” replaced a vibrant Earth.

May 7, 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

Leah Penniman: By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves

Enslavement and sharecropping cannot erase thousands of years of Black people’s sacred relationship with the land.

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Korsha Wilson: Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change

Preparing food—and letting others cook for us—is a way to become good citizens who engage with the communities around us. . My arms hurt as I walked through Brooklyn on … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Carolyne Whelan: Compost

First Earth wept, fell thirsty. I talked to my mother the other day she said don’t worry. She said shut down the internet. First Earth groans in summer. My legs … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Richard St. John: December, New Millennium

So warm, the hedges almost bloom, though the jagged skeletons of fake, electric icicles are twined along a front-yard chain-link fence. In the windows, faded Steelers signs, tribal gear still … Continue reading

December 4, 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

Molly Fisk: The October Garden

If you were zinnia, still bright in the October garden, and I the last orange cosmos. If you were catmint blue draping yourself over the cinder block wall and I … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

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