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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Food the sustainable way

A year of change. Profound change. April is the fourth month. If you haven't shifted and stretched, now is the time. Reclaim your green space. Food can happen. It really takes little effort. Reclaim your space for yourself, and the future of others to come. If you've never grown food, find one thing you can grow this year and eat. Even if it is in a container, do it. A miracle happens. The plants want to help but need direction. You are the master co-creator. You have dominion over the plants and animals so use it. Use it with pure love the highest intention.

"Agricultural subdivision? Isn't farming a bunch of work?" Our response is yes, traditional farming is a lot of work and the return on investment of time and energy is minimal - at best, one year's harvest and then you have to start all over again. Conventional farming methods, even conventional organic farming methods, involve planting rows and rows of very few species of plants, a scenario impossible in nature. So then farmers try to manipulate and control nature and prevent it from entering their fields with artificial chemical and organic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. By using permaculture, none of this is necessary. Some plants take nutrients from the soil and deliver them to us in their fruits, others take nutrients from water and air and leave them in the soil. Some plants have shallow roots that take moisture and nutrients from the surface soil, others have deep roots that bring the moisture and nutrients up from below. When one plant crowds out others and prevents them from growing, it is an indication of an imbalance in the natural systems we have created and it becomes our job to address the root cause, rather than just the effect. When we invest our time, energy, and thought into these relationships the return on investment is infinite, potentially feeding our great-grandchildren 100 years from now and even their great-grandchildren.

For more information on the dream of this and more visit: www.livingearthvillage.com

In the face of an economic crisis, we need not re-invent the wheel. Instead step into the wisdom of the universe. Look to other examples for answers. One example, very near to us, is Cuba. Out of dire necessity, they have had to shift, change, and create. See what beauty has befallen these people. For information on how Cuba survived economic collapse and feed her nation of hungry people visit: www. kindred media.com.au and order the movie The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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