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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call


By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric to the down-to-earth, I always learn something. This issue contains a particularly striking reflection from a dying farmer. Michael Zuck became an expert in greenhouses and biological pest control on his own place, Everlasting Farm, where he and his wife grow their own food and built a thriving produce business. Just before his death from cancer a couple of months ago, Michael Zuck sat down to write about the purpose of his life and what 50 years of gardening has taught him. It inspired me as it struck a strong chord, and I’d thought I would share part of it with my readers, as quoted below. Lessons of a Gardening Life By Michael Zuck Garden for a while and you will learn many practical lessons from the Earth, whose patience as a teacher is infinite. Garden a little longer and your relationship with the Earth deepens. Each completed growing season brings a sense of fulfillment that goes beyond our physical needs and appetites into the realm of the spiritual. Through the activities of the garden, you realize that you are, in a unique way, “consummating” your relationship with the Earth. As your relationship deepens further, you may be surprised as you begin to hear what is best described as the “Earth’s Call”. This complex living organism, this web of life that we call home, despite being taken for granted by so many, actually beckons us to return for another year of gardening. It is very much like a lover’s call, a call to share in the rich joy of fertility and fecundity. “Join with me,” the Earth entreats, “and let us see what we can grow together.” To hear this call and answer it is to be truly gifted [given a true gift.]It is a voice that brings us to an understanding of how the Earth, mother of all mothers, father of all fathers, loves us and yearns for our return. In the cultivation of the soil and the husbandry of plants and animals, humans reach their highest potential as peaceful and sustainable beings. The Earth’s delight in this is quite real and, with practice, it is even audible. When we hear the Earth’s Call, we are finally made to feel both whole and at home. (End of quote)



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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and ..... 
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, ..... 
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find. Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 4.6.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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“Birds of a feather really do flock together” in Houston during the International Owl Festival in March! This is the second year my garden club, “The Forget-me nots”, has catered the food for the “Meet and Greet” where members, owl l ..... 
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