The Gift of the Forest Mother

It’s a clear spring day and I wander into the woods behind the hen house, over the high ridge of the pond dam and its lady slipper orchid colony, into a low-lying forest carpeted with giant ferns… a place I never go because of the snakes I envision encountering there.  I am searching for a lost Belgian bantam, a friendly, speckled chicken the size of a wind-up toy.  Stepping gingerly over logs, my eyes scanning for the faintest flutter ofRead more

Mindfully Growing Greens

So, the White House is growing their own organic, first family garden and Jamie’s Food Revolution is inspiring a national run on home gardening supplies.  Just before following this welcome trend and jumping with abandon onto the family gardening bandwagon, what if we paused long enough to shift the impetus for polishing our hoes from fear of fast food to appreciation for life?   Would a mindful approach to growing food ensure our investments weren’t based on fads, but our commitmentRead more