Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens

By Crystal Stevens, author of Grow Create Inspire The soil is being destroyed at unprecedented rates by overconsumption, big business, development, deforestation, monoculture, pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide usage, genetically modified foods, groundwater contamination, reliance on fossil fuels, and unsustainable extraction …

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1)  Eat local, organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables- know your farmer!
2)  Join a CSA Farm
3)  Shop at your local farmers market regularly.
4)  Grow a garden. Try growing and preserving at least 25% of your own food. Growing a garden can be super easy and highly rewarding. Container gardening is an option for those who lack space.
5)  Shop at local mom and pop businesses in your area instead of big box stores.
6)  Get thrifty: Shop at thrift stores. There are so many amazing treasures just waiting for a good home.

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Last week I taught at a children’s summer camp program called Back to Nature at the nearby Montessori school. The following is a daily curriculum journal of the program that can be used as a resource for nature-based activities and lessons for children. 

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She runs the fields barefoot. She sings to the crops and dances for the plants. She is curious and brave, intelligent and wise, sweet and compassionate, loving and nurturing. She is 4 but she is wise like the sages. She teaches me so much about life and love and healing.

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Screen Printed Over Grow The System patch by artist Bubzee . Printed on re claimed fabrics.

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Permaculture is at the heart of any sustainable endeavor. Knowing how permaculture has the potential to guide us toward sustainable future is a vital component in creating a paradigm shift. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The term originally stood for permanent agriculture but in the last few decades, the word permaculture has evolved into Permanent Culture.

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If you are blessed to be raising children in this moment in time you will be more than aware of the outright abundant joy but also great challenges that parenting brings. These days most parents are supporting and facilitating the growth of children within the standard Western dynamic of mother, father and children within four walls.

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