seeding earth wisdom since 1989 «•» In everything we do we aim to honor the ancient agreements with Nature. These agreements, which enabled our ancestors to survive and allow us to be here now, have largely been forgotten by western culture. We are re-membering Earth culture—sharing visions and teaching skills of traditional living—indigenous skills, herbalism, permaculture and sustainable building. As the seeds of wisdom inside us are watered and awaken, our connection grows and a more meaningful dimension is revealed. The World literally comes alive.
"An ancient adage says that “winter is the time for dreaming” and every year I rediscover this truth with surprise. I think the dreams come in winter because the isolation, slowness and austerity of winter, relative to the crowded, busy fecundity of other seasons, creates the time and space for them to bloom like crystals. I had what I’d call a scrooge type dream this holiday season, where I awoke with joy and deep gratitude for my tough life on the edge of the wilderness. No, the dream wasn’t about giving but was about appreciating what we have.
I have intentionally spent my adult life in or surrounded by “undeveloped” wilderness. She is always there for me and without her I would be lost. I know in my heart I owe Her my life many times over and She is who I live for. In the dream this wilderness that surrounds our hundred and forty four year old log cabin here in Golden Lake, of which I am the guardian though legal ownership, slowly disappeared in much the same way as land has everywhere; first though selective logging, then a house or two and then suddenly a clear cut and condominiums at which point I was in a nightmare. I was inside the condo and I ran to the back window to see if She (the wilderness) was still there behind this abomination and when I looked out there was only a dirty alleyway and then another line of condos. I woke the way one always does from a deep dream, still partiality caught in the dream and frantically putting back our waking reality together piece by piece. With great relief I realized nothing had happened, everything was still there and alive, the swamp the woods the slugs, birds and bugs, She was still there. I prayed for an hour or so, crying and laughing in thankfulness for every single wild thing I could conjure." -Steven
"In other words, Western Civilization itself is causing our difficulties, which makes this type of a change hard to really comprehend. Transformations of this magnitude are generally associated with some type of religious change.
It seems clear the mission of our times is to reinvent what it means to be human."
We store our grain corn in gallon jars. There are still 3 gallons of Hopi blue corn left from last year, this year's corn is hanging to dry from the ceiling, up and away from the mice. Not such a good year this year for the corn with the rain and cool temperatures, but a great one last year with the heat. There is certainly value in storing some extra from good years, when the next might not be so good. We grind this corn soak it in limestone, then make it into cornbread or tortillas. #gardening#permaculture#corn#organic#growyourown