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April 10, 2013
Migel's small plot of maize crop appeared infested with weeds; tall green plants disrupted the ordered rows of corn stalks. But Migel explained that the green legume, indigenous to Chiapas, Mexico, functioned as a natural fertilizer by extracting nitrogen from the air and enriching the soil.   Migel then took us to his garden. He had interspersed basil and oregano plants among his...
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October 28, 2011
With the help of many from the community, Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond planted a fruit orchard of 25 trees at their Growing in Grace Community Gardens on Oct. 26. In July, Calvary was awarded a fruit orchard from Dreyer's Fruit Bars after winning an online voting contest. Twenty orchards in total were given to community gardens around the country through the Communities Take Root...
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September 21, 2011
Recently we returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, including a five-day visit to the island of Iona in western Scotland, a mecca of Celtic Christianity. At first glance, it was difficult to square our expectations with the modest village and simple landscape we found there. But soon we noticed that something was very different there — beginning with the food. The food on Iona was...
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March 23, 2011
"To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration…in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want." -- from The Gift of Good Land by Wendell Berry As a...
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February 9, 2011
The Anglican Church of Canada is taking steps towards a green revolution it hopes will sweep across 1,700 parishes nationwide. The Partners in Mission and Eco-justice (PIMEJ) of General Synod will launch a national database this year to provide information on eco-friendly and energy-efficient Canadian Anglican parishes, including how they became green. It is hoped that sharing their stories will...
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July 14, 2010
As a child, I loved crawling between sheets taken from the clothes line just hours before my bedtime. I would fall asleep with the smell of sunshine and the promise of summer in my nose and imagination. As an adult and owning a home in Texas, there was a clothes line in the backyard and I used it often. Towels just felt more absorbent and clothes smelled fresher. We also had a garden from which...
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May 10, 2010
South Africa's "green bishop" says those who have exploited the African continent should repay an "ecological debt." "We now know that we can have clean energy, and companies that have contributed to the climate change must pay," Anglican Bishop Geoffrey Davies told Ecumenical News International during a May 5-6 meeting in Johannesburg to discuss how churches...
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March 19, 2010
Erynn Smith spends the bulk of her days in Ventura County, California's fertile farmland, helping to plant, water, weed, harvest, wash, pack and deliver as many as 85 boxes of snow peas, chard, peppers and other organic vegetables to community subscribers and local farmers markets. Other times with sponge in hand, she introduces students -- from preschool through college -- to environmental...