Julie A Carda

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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.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Uncultivated Land and Unemployed Poor

"Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state."

~Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, May 30th, our church planted the community garden. We raise pumpkins to sell to the public contributing the funds to the local food bank. Our goal is to restore the topsoil on the site by using a no-till technique. Last year, the pumpkins established nice root structures through the layers we'd created on top of the depleted clay soil . Next year will be the third year for conditioning this site. Many church members hope to introduce a variety of organic vegetables on these plots to donate to the food bank.

Edible Estates

I borrowed this from the library and thought it reflected much of who I am. Obviously, I'm not typical suburbia. Below is the description taken from inside the front cover. When did beauty become manicured? When did food stop being lush and grass coveted?

"Edible estates is an attack on the front lawn and everything it has come to represent!

Edible estates is an ongoing series of projects to replace the front lawn with edible garden landscapes responsive to culture, climate, context, and people!

Edible estates reconciles issues of global food production and urbanized land use with the modest gesture of a small domestic garden!

Edible estates is a practical food-producing initiative, a place-responsive landscape design proposal, a scientific horticultural experiment, a conceptual land-art project, a defiant political statement, a community outreach program, and an act of radical gardening!

Edible estates is nothing new; growing our own food is the first thing we did when we stopped being nomadic and started being 'civilized'!"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Troubles on Blogger

So few posts...been trying to solve problems on blogger. I wasn't able to upload photos for weeks. But soon to be resolved. I've enlisted professional help with the migration process. Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter, Glorious Spring

From all that dwells below the skies,
Let faith and hope with joy arise,
Let beauty, truth, and good be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.

~Unitarian Prayer