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Although California, and specifically Los Angeles, has been in a major drought for the last 3 years (and in reality, much longer than that), it is only recently that government agencies and the public itself has stepped up efforts to manage water in a sustainable way.  The problem has been portrayed as simple problem of supply and demand: California has only so much water, and we are using too much of it.  Of course, the reality is much more complex and nuanced. Luckily for us, however, the solution is quite simple: for California to truly become water sustainable, we must first focus on regenerating our water ethic and our water ecology. (more…)

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To be grateful to Nature, we must first know it. To know nature, we must first notice it.

Although I have read dozens of books on gardening, nature, and ecology, watched countless videos, and attended many classes and lectures, my greatest teacher has been the garden herself.  Since I began gardening, I’ve made it an (almost) daily practice to spend at least a few minutes walking around the garden.  (more…)

def: advaita   ad-vite adjective;
1. A sanskrit word implying union. Literally “ad” meaning not, and vait meaning “two”. Not two, but not one.

I am lettuce. I am tomato. I am chicken, and I am broccoli. And no I am not crazy, but I am Nature.
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ster·ile /ˈsterəl/  adjective
1. not able to produce children or young. (of land or soil) too poor in quality to produce crops.
2. free from life

It is a common misconception that Death is the opposite of Life. Out of this belief, modern society takes great pain to reduce, hide, and otherwise eliminate death from its view. We go out to rake up the dead leaves, hiding the seasonal slumber of fall. We paint our faces, wrinkled with age,  (more…)

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She gave me one Seed. “It’s the last of its kind,” she said. “From another time. A time of kindness and warmth. Of joy and abundance,” she told me. “Plant it with care. Plant it where the sun shines, but not too bright. Plant it where the ground is moist, but not wet. Plant it not too shallow, not too deep. Look after it everyday. This seed is full of promises.” (more…)

Om
Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya
Purnameva Vashishyate
Om shanti, shanti, shanti

– Isha Upanishad
written in 500 BC

Om.
That is the whole, this is the whole;
From the whole, another whole becomes;
Take away the whole from the whole,
The whole remains.
Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!

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This is a guest post from our friend Loretta Allison from Spade and Seeds. Loretta produces organic vegetables and herb seedlings and is a wonderful person overall. Find her at the Altadena and Atwater Village Farmer’s Markets.

Our modern 21st century life has largely dictated that the way we view food is one of the consumer, taking for granted it’s production and consumption with little left over in the way of reverence or even simple appreciation of it’s presence and origin.  The current conventional farming systems have left a soil behind that is depleted and nutritionally empty, ultimately producing crops for the masses that lack nourishing vitality. (more…)

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This is a guest post from our friend Loretta Allison from Spade and Seeds. Loretta produces organic vegetables and herb seedlings and is a wonderful person overall. Find her at the Altadena and Atwater Village Farmer’s Markets.

There are numerous practical ways to get this goodness going in your own garden. You can start first by setting up a Biodynamic compost heap in your backyard, given a little space and time. Adding a blend of specialized herbal preparations (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, valerian) help to stimulate soil microorganisms to break down biomass and create a powerful compost that is far superior to conventional bagged soil amendments. It’s quite easy- build the compost heap and add the preps. (BD Compost preps can be found online through the Josephine Porter Institute)   (more…)