Seeds in various stages of germination

Seed Swap #11

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient...

Bee pollinating willow tree flowers

— by Dawn Harrison — Everyone has a different thing that tells them spring has arrived. For me, it’s actually different every year. Sometimes, it’s the first time I see a baby bunny in the yard. Or it could be the first tulip bloom of the year. This year, it was the first time I noticed the bees buzzing in the trees. It’s funny how you don’t realize you missed something until you hear or see it again. I was doing the morning walk of the property, saying good morning to the dogs and chickens and was on my way to say hello to the wolves when I heard the unmistakable sound of bees buzzing around the tree above me. It made me smile to know that they were busy pollinating and soon...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has proposed a rule that would ban wildlife killing contest in the state. Photographer Ben Simon Rehn...

White-tailed deer doe standing in the woods, looking back over her shoulder at the camera

Sometimes our blog posts and newsletters elicit feedback that includes stories and personal experiences that readers felt compelled to share. We wanted to share one such story sent to us by Diana Powers in response to our recent blog, Schooled by a Stag. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you to everyone who has reached out. It really makes a difference to us. The Deer By Diana Powers I arose to a day filled with warm spring sunlight and birdsong so powerful that even the cacophonous chugging of some huge payloader cannot squelch it. I’m up late today so I know the winged ones have been at it for a while. They are as pleased as I am that winter has gone and we no longer have...

A rehabilitated grosbeak sitting in a tree after release

— by Dawn Harrison — Last week, we received a call about an injured bird in the valley. After being taken to the vet and receiving some medical attention, he came to us for rehabilitation. While resting and healing, he was visited by the local sparrows, who never left him without company. The Grosbeak prior to release | Photo by Dawn Harrison Deciding when a bird is well enough to fly is a bit tricky, but when he gives you a look that clearly says, “Let me out!” after flying around his cage—thus showing he’s ready to take to the skies—you may just make the same call I did and decide he is ready to be on his way. The bird specialist at the local vet informed us that...

Global Earth Repair Conference, including graphic of linked hands circling the earth, a pod of orcas, and a list of presentation topics

The Global Earth Repair Conference Port Townsend, WA | May 3-5, 2019 Susan will be presenting at the first ever Global Earth Repair Conference, where thought-leaders and practitioners from all walks of life are coming together to draw attention to the worldwide movement of earth repair and to discuss practical action to restore the planet. The conference will weave together a blend of restoration ecology, permaculture, ethno-ecology, forestry, bioengineering, horticulture and many other tracks with the goal of applying this knowledge to regenerate our earth’s ecosystems. This new and formative conference aims to address both the technical and social aspects of planetary regeneration...

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