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Shalom in the Garden

Shalom in the Garden

– Andy Wade – If you’ve ever had to deal with pests infesting your vegetables you may wonder if shalom in the garden in possible. Not only is it possible, we can learn shalom from sitting, watching, and learning from God, the master gardener. Before I redesigned our backyard, eliminating straight rows of raised beds(…)

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Shalom! Are We Listening?

Shalom! Are We Listening?

Hands plunged deep into rich, moist earth Pulled back filled with life From such our lives were formed “Very Good!” God proclaimed breathing life into all creation How easily we forget the One who made it all “Shalom!” shouts the earth crafted from the beginning interdependent coexistence “Shalom” begs the whole creation How long will(…)

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The Sharing Neighborhood

The Sharing Neighborhood

– Andy Wade – You don’t need to be an extrovert to have a sharing neighborhood, but it probably helps. For the last few years I’ve walked our dog past a beautiful plum tree. Every spring it’s filled with blossoms which turn to wonderful plums every fall. The previous owners of the house picked and(…)

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What If: a garden meditation

What If: a garden meditation

– Andy Wade — The past four years have been a transformational experience, both personally and in our garden. Below is a video reflection documenting these changes and asking the question “What if?”. Enter the journey with me and leave your insights below.   Interested in Garden Spirituality? Check out Christine’s wonderful book, To Garden(…)

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The Backyard Metaphor for Life

The Backyard Metaphor for Life

– Andy Wade – The backyard is really a living metaphor for life. A quick look yields some obvious points: You reap what you sow. Some things simply can’t be rushed. Planning and preparation yield the greatest results. There will always be pests. Many of the things you thought were pests actually have an important(…)

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Slime Mold – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Slime Mold – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

– Andy Wade – OK, I’m tired of headlines like that. “Click me! Click me!” But it’s really how I felt the other day. Slimed! What the ….? As we drove into our driveway after a week away I noticed this large bright yellow patch in the garden. Did someone dump paint? Wait, did a(…)

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Reach for the Sky!

Reach for the Sky!

– Andy Wade — By now we’re all well aware of the of the continuing trend toward urbanization. A projected 80% of the world’s population may be living in cities by the year 2050. As the world’s major urban centers bulge, new challenges arise for the millions living in them. One of the bigger challenges(…)

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India’s Garden Game Changer

India’s Garden Game Changer

– Andy Wade — Cities all over the world are growing, and with this growth comes a multitude of challenges. Today India is facing the most rapid increase of urbanization in its history. Facing dangerously declining water levels, increased heat, and vegetables tainted by bacteria and industrial run-off, Prateek Tawari came up with a way(…)

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Repotting plants: a spiritual exercise of growing

Repotting plants: a spiritual exercise of growing

– Andy Wade – He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new(…)

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Planting Fruit Trees is Not for Nomads

Planting Fruit Trees is Not for Nomads

– Andy Wade – A Saying from the Desert Fathers It was said about Abba John the Little that he went away to an old Theban in Scetis who lived in the desert. Once his Abba took a piece of dry wood, planted it, and said to him: Water it every day with a bottle(…)

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