Friday, February 28, 2014
Then the deer came. We live in the country, so this is not an unusual occurrence. But for some reason, perhaps our large tribe of outdoor cats, the deer had left our vegetables alone before last season. This time, they came through like a mower and ate nearly the whole garden right to the ground. I wonder if it had to do with the fact that very few soybeans were planted in the fields near us. It was mostly cotton and tobacco.
So this year, we're going to have the entire garden fenced off and maybe even electrified. Discussion about this made me get a little quiet. I love the deer, and even though I'm a hunter...hmm. My partner chortled about this, of course. Last weekend, my partner drove fenceposts and laid out a raised bed. He's thinking of installing a permanent trellis for climbing plants along one side, too.
I am so excited! While he's working on that, I'm going to clean out the raised bed along the back side of our house. Traditionally, we have planted lettuce, tomatoes and herbs there. I have recently learned that crop rotation is important even in small areas, so I plan to switch up everything except the perennials. I'm even going to move the tomatoes to the main garden. That will give me more space for basil! Last year, I had 4-6 plants. This year, I hope to have 8 plants. I want enough to use fresh, to make large batches of pesto AND to dry.
Pictured above is Sweet Woodruff, aka Gallium Odoratum aka the secret ingredient in May Wine. Last year, I grew some in a large planter. It's a perennial, and I'm hoping that the cold winter hasn't completely killed it. *crossing fingers* Because as my coven mates know, I am that kind of witch. The kind that shows up to Beltane with dew gathered at dawn and homemade May Wine. Oh yeah, baby!
It's almost garden time, garden time, whee!
To make the land profitable, we will host independently owned businesses, including an educational center run by yours truly, an organic farm, healing center, sustainable community, sacred grove and mystery school. Our mission will be to create self-sustaining, environmentally conscious community and share the Earth’s wisdom with all people.
My vision is to gather a crack team of entrepreneurs and prospective residential community members, shop for land and jump in to the glorious challenge that will be making this dream a reality. So many people that I know have the same dream. I can see so many beautiful programs hosted at our center - from artist residencies to yoga retreats, Spiral Scouts to Witchcraft 101. We could train youngsters in farming. We could teach every outdoor skill you could hope to need. We could maybe, just maybe, show people that living a sustainable and environmentally conscious life is not just for patchouli-wearing hippies, but the duty of every responsible citizen.
Meanwhile, I am working towards my part of the dream. I've begun a Meetup group, South Wake Spiritual Community, to build an audience for our teachings. I'm networking like mad, checking out all the other environmental education centers, spiritual centers and sustainable communities in the area. I'm getting the final pieces of my education finished. I'm making a name for myself. I'm building all the channels of my multi-faceted career: Massage & Yoga Therapy, Environmental Education, Holistic Business Consulting, Music, Writing and Art. It's a lot of work, but I'm doing what I love. My passion fuels a lot of long days and late nights.
As the Goddess knows, we need more of these places. We need every beacon of light and sanctuary that we can get in this world of unsustainable growth and suburban sprawl. We need wild spaces, real food and whole swathes of the landscape free of big box stores. We need places where a person can learn to drum, sing, canoe and revere all life. We need places that all people feel welcome, regardless of gender, race, religion, politics or profession. We need the Sacred Earth Center, the One Earth Center or the Earth Wisdom Center or...whatever we name it.
This week, dream a dream of the Earth with me. And let me know if you want in.