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I've recently begun to encourage, with a good deal of discipline, my mind and energy to stay within the bounds of the present. To see things for exactly as they are and to exist entirely in the presence of my life as it is and not for what it might become. I think we get so wrapped up in a future-chasing illusion that we miss the part where we actually wholeheartedly live. This practice has been a tonic for the depths of my soul.

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What are your favorite summer crop varieties? Let's make a fedi faves list. ✨ 🍅 🥕 🌱

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"What we need is a great, powerful, tremulous falling back in love with our old, ancient, primordial Beloved, which is the Earth herself."

emergencemagazine.org/intervie

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"Scientists spent a decade intensively monitoring the impacts of a large government-funded experiment at Hillesden, a 1,000-hectare commercial arable farm in Buckinghamshire. (...) Numbers of some butterfly species including the gatekeeper and green-veined white doubled, and birds that usually feed on insects benefited from the shelter provided by hedges and grass margins, including the great tit, up 88%, and blue tit, up 73%. They also found that overall yields at Hillesden were maintained – and enhanced for some crops – despite the loss of agricultural land for habitat creation."

The science is in: permaculture works, it can feed us all and it helps the planet too.

theguardian.com/environment/20

Found Chicken of The Woods (Laetiporus cincinnatus) on our hike this morning. 😍

I am sad
for people
so engulfed in the madness
of the purchase
walled off
from the beauty
the bliss
of the natural
world that
awaits
their remembering
of their own
nature.

I had the joy of helping teach a class of 1st and 2nd graders about vermicomposting this week. They started out completely disgusted and left totally in love with these neat little creatures. I made this 5-gallon demo worm bin that I'll use at other workshops in the future, spreading the gospel of red wrigglers. 😂

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The decay of organic material feeding organisms that feed the plants that feed many other living things, including us.

Compost, it feeds what feeds us.♻️

I've recently begun to encourage, with a good deal of discipline, my mind and energy to stay within the bounds of the present. To see things for exactly as they are and to exist entirely in the presence of my life as it is and not for what it might become. I think we get so wrapped up in a future-chasing illusion that we miss the part where we actually wholeheartedly live. This practice has been a tonic for the depths of my soul.

Thanks, everyone! This was very helpful. I decided to compost what I had and start again. Some of it smelled gross and was slimy and I figure if my stomach turns then best to let the compost eat it 😂

I'm going to try the glass jars with clasping glass lids this time instead. I have a couple of those jars and I'll just "burp" it every day and see how that goes.

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Fedi folks who lacto-ferment: can you use a cloth lid if the veg/fruit is submerged completely in a salt water brine? I fermented a glass jar of blueberries with 2% salt, weighed down with a ziplock bag of water, with a paper towel and rubber band over top of the jar. 5 days later it smells sweet but a little bit like wine. I have cucumbers and jalapenos going the same way and now I'm wondering if I should I do new batches with proper lids instead?

Just a beautiful afternoon at the local watering hole. 🐟

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The green-headed bee might be Agapostemon virescens, "the bicolored striped-sweat bee"

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A frenzy of busy at work. On the top of the sunflower is a small bee with a green head. It moves super quickly but when it does land it is just beautiful. Any entomology folks out there have an ID for it and the fully black bee on the Borage?

I love that the tiny little flowers on the peanut plants look just like Phalaenopsis orchid flowers.

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“Although the original herbarium survives in the Emily Dickinson Room at Harvard’s Houghton Rare Book Library, it is so fragile that even scholars are prohibited from examining it and the out-of-print facsimile book is so prohibitively expensive that this miraculous masterpiece at the intersection of poetry and science has practically vanished from the popular imagination."

iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests

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