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. A recent study has shown that switching to an organic diet really does result in a significant drop in pesticide residues in our bodies. School...

The Austrian Tea Pot

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I took a handful of tea leaves and put them in my little Austrian teapot. Then I suddenly remember that I found the tea strainer yesterday. It had rolled away under the armoire. I had looked everywhere for it, given up, and just put the tea leaves directly in the pot, the old-fashioned way. It was fine except if you leave tea leaves in too long, the tea gets bitter. Still, it worked. One day while looking for something else on my hands and knees, there it was! But I had been so long without it that I forgot the next morning and put the tea leaves directly in the pot again. Then I remembered. I put my hand in the small opening and carefully took out the tea...

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 Lancet Commission on Obesity recently published a major study that aims to cause a "radical rethink" of degenerative farm and food production...

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. Environmentalist John Seed has a weekly podcast called For the Wild, which explores questions like, "How do we reverse ecological damages and...

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. This IKEA in Italy is giving homeless dogs food and shelter. Wyoming billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has pledged to protect 30% of the planet in...

Close up of two people holding hands

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — During our online conservation conversation at year’s end, we explored what each of us felt we could do to help ease our global crisis in our own way. Joni, one of the participants, said that if you see someone doing something good, let them know you see and appreciate it. She referred to a woman she knows who is trying to stop the building boom in her community from cutting down too many trees. It seems like a simple and obvious thing to do. But for some reason, it stayed in my mind. That night, I woke up about 3 am with the thought, “You need to send a Christmas card to Jess.” I was a little perplexed---why did I wake up and think of such a simple...

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