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'Raise up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.' This old proverb can cut both ways, so its imperative to teach youngsters the beauty of the earth and how to tend it.⠀
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Springtime and we're planting the garden here in Boulder, CO. Shepherd is getting to know soil. His interaction ranges from throwing, rolling, eating, somersaulting, smelling, wrestling, and pretending he's a rhino on the Serengeti or bison on American plains (BTW, places with dark soil). His relation has no barriers. Its the landscape of imagination. He loves it. I am reminded of all that I can learn from my kids. The unreasonable becomes obvious, work becomes laughter, bare feet over shoes, curiosity is constant, life is the present. ⠀
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Little people are a potent force for change. With every generation, antiquated ways of living are overturned by new ones. Let's sow beautiful ideas and practices into the hearts and minds of our children, so they work for the ecological and cultural integrity of the world. As John-Paul Maxfield says, 'cultivate the farmer within'. Start on your patch of Earth, no matter how small or large, land or no land, farm or skyscraper. This is the power of schoolyard gardens. Where there is space, there can be food, and that is the groundswell of change. ⠀
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