It’s Not Nice To Fool (with) Mother Nature

“Hundreds of local projects to restore ecosystems on coastlines and mountains, in river valleys, forests, and grassy plains, have proved their worth in using restored nature to boost the resilience of millions of people to the ravages of onrushing climate change … Most are cheaper and more effective than any engineering alternatives, with more spinoff […]

Happy Trails

It was usually apparent when you were nearing one of the farm ponds (we called them “tanks”) on the ranches we visited, hunted or fished when I was a kid. The ranchers ran cattle, usually semi-wild, and the pond was likely the only or nearest source of water. The cattle were drawn there and followed […]

Rewilding

In one of the most used and abused states in the nation, a small but growing number of conservationists have advanced a radical theory: Iowa is ripe for rewilding … “The solutions exist,” restoration ecologist Leland Searles said. “It’s a matter of allowing the solutions to happen.”                                                                                 ~ Stephen Robert Miller It’s spring and […]

Don’t Fence Me In

“The 2020 analysis found that fences affect ecosystems on every scale, from decreasing insect abundance, because they give spiders ample places to build their webs, to impeding the long-distance migration of everything from wildebeests to mule deer. By concentrating animals more closely together than they might be in the wild, fences could increase disease transmission, […]

Climate Future

“We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a livable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming. I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries.”                                                 ~ IPCC chair Hoesung Lee “It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C […]

Is Soil a Dirty Word?

People tend to see gardening as a hobby — an activity — but I think it’s primarily a relationship. Many gardeners speak of the importance of feeling part of something larger than themselves … This feeling of being part of the web of life.                                              ~ Margaret Roach, quoting Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith The web of […]

Fertile

Gardening isn’t about plants, it’s about everything else: the soil, the insects, the birds, mammals and reptiles, and how you sit in this world. The plants are the final flourish, the gift of reciprocity from all the others.                                                                 ~ Alys Fowler The weather seems to have turned from winter to the beginnings of spring. […]

Trees or Crops?

“Traditionally, reforestation and agriculture have not sat well together, both requiring land that has sufficient nutrients, rainfall and temperatures conducive to growth. And agriculture, of course, poses its own environmental challenges, being responsible … for around 23 per cent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.”                                                 ~ Bianca Nogrady Planting trees is the response of choice […]

Saving The Planet With Science And Celtic Wisdom

“We need something greater than people … We need a calling outside of ourselves, to some sort of higher power, to something higher than ourselves to preserve life on earth … People have to love the Earth before they save it … So love is the key. We don’t do doomsday stuff.”                                                 ~ Ecologist […]

How Now Brown Cow?

“That’s what the bison did,” Mr. Isaacs, a cow-calf rancher said. “They’d come in a million at a time, stomp it all down and move on to fresh pasture. And they wouldn’t come back until it was time to graze again.”                                                                                 ~ Henry Fountain Farming has always been about managing the soil, keeping it […]