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What better way to celebrate
Earth
than to enjoy it.
And we did,
last Saturday—
a beautiful,
clear,
warm,
yes, breezy,
Oklahoma April day.
We learned about bees and other pollinators,
took the Cosmic Walk,
made seed bombs,
spun silky alpaca wool,
cooked in solar ovens,
discovered Smart Pots,
toured the house made of straw and mud,
walked the prairie labyrinth,
watched the goats and alpaca,
led children on a nature scavenger hunt,
climbed old Junipers,
danced, hilariously, to sweet fiddle music,
picnicked on grilled corn and bison hot dogs,
and thanked the Earth.

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May we be so attentive,
so appreciative,
so thoughtful about living our lives
with this magnificent planet
every
day.

We’ve been lucky the last six years;
on the day of the Green Connection’s
Prairie Dinner and Concert,
we’ve experienced Oklahoma breezes,
but never rain. It’s usually been sunny,
with crisp autumn air. But this year
was different. Normally, we begin
setting the long table about 1 p.m.
This year, we sat around the living room
watching the radar on our cell phones
trying to guess if the storms in the west,
would move more north,
more east,
or dissipate before reaching us.
Making the safest decision,
we began setting up the tables
in the round-top barn
instead of outdoors alongside
tree-lined Doe Creek.
There began
a different kind of Prairie Dinner and Concert:
the board members, Transition OKC‘s core team
and even guests who had already arrived
jumped in to help. There was wonderful
comaraderie as we also helped chef Kamala
and her kitchen staff set up in the barn as well.
Soon, the Closer to Earth youth arrived
and the abundant appetizers were set on a table
in the farmhouse backyard. Tom Temple uncorked
Woods & Water Winery‘s Merlot
as more and more guests arrived
and the seventh annual Green Connections
Barn on the Prairie Dinner
was no less magical than when it is
alongside Doe Creek. Different certainly—
after all, we were only kinda outside—
but no less magical.

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The five-course local food dinner
was scrumptious; who could choose
which dish was their favorite—creamy autumn
vegetable soup, roasted vegetables,
garlic mashed potatoes, roast (yes, local) beef,
chocolate torte…

Conversation was festive
inside the barn walls;
the service was sterling,
thanks to the Closer to Earth youth.
Marcy Roberts, who leads
the Transition OKC core team,
gave a beautiful tribute
to a surprised Lia Woods,
who received the Community Catalyst Award,
for her work in urban agriculture
at CommonWealth Urban Farms in Oklahoma City.

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Kyle Dillingham
played sweet and heart-achingly beautiful
music on that violin; his friend Claire
joined him for some jazzy tunes
on her saxophone; his son Christopher
and her son Moses played tag
with Kyle, as he played on;
a bonfire outside offered warmth
on an October evening,
as did the wonderful gathering
of people who care about Earth
and sustaining life for all.
And so it is to all,
that we offer our profound
gratitude.


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The light has changed—
to that cooler, longer-shadowed
golden light
that heralds autumn. Even
on hot days now
the light is autumn’s.
This week
it won’t be hot either.
As we prepare for Green Connections’
Prairie Dinner and Concert,
we wear long sleeves
driving mower and bush hog,
making the last rounds
of the summer. We will
have to hunt for late-blooming
Maximillian Sunflowers
since the 7-footer sunflowers
blossoms are mostly spent.
Migrant birds and butterflies
are sipping from Russian Sage
and Lantana,
picking Hackberries.
It’s the autumnal week
of the Prairie Dinner and Concert.
Chef Kam has made the local foods menu,
the wine is on its way from vineyard to our farm,
tables and chairs reserved
with the City of Billings,
cloths and napkins pressed.
Kyle Dillingham stands at the ready,
fiddles nearby.
Transition OKC’s Community Catalyst Award
glistens, ready for the winner.
We are going to gather on a crisp
autumn Saturday afternoon
to enjoy and celebrate Earth,
promote sustainability,
resiliency,
community.

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Now’s the moment,
if you have yet to reserve
your place at the table:
Go to
the Green Connections website.
See you Saturday!

What could be better
than a picnic outdoors with friends!

Maybe a picnic with friends
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears?

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What could be better than a picnic with friends
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disppears!

Maybe a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears?

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What could be better than a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears?

Maybe a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
and Woods & Waters wine
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears?

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What could be better than
a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
and Woods & Waters wine
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears!

Maybe a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
and Woods & Waters wine
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears,
followed by an evening stroll to the round-top barn
and a stupendous concert by Kyle Dillingham?

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What could be better than
a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
and Woods & Waters wine
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears,
followed by an evening stroll to the round-top barn
and a stupendous concert by Kyle Dillingham!

Maybe a five-course local foods picnic
prepared by Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
with friends
and Woods & Waters wine
along Doe Creek
as Earth rolls up and the sun disappears,
followed by an evening stroll to the round-top barn,
a stupendous concert by Kyle Dillingham,
and a bonfire,
and gazing at the Milky Way?

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Well, really, there are any number
of possibilities to gather with friends
in nature
on a local foods picnic
with fabulous home-grown music—
maybe as many possibilities
as there are stars in the Milky Way!—
but this is one
not to be missed. And this year,
there’s a special surprise!

Join us for the Seventh Annual
Green Connections’
Prairie Dinner and Concert
at Turtle Rock Farm
Saturday, October 3.
Arrive at 3 p.m. for an afternoon in the country
meeting animals
touring the straw bale hermitage
walking the prairie labyrinth
farmhouse porch-sitting
taking a walk around the big pond
checking out the high tunnel garden…
Appetizers along Doe Creek at 4:30 p.m.
Dinner at 5.

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Reserve your seat at the table
(limited seating)
at www.greenconnectionsok.org

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Glorious Summer Days at Turtle Rock Farm
Our July 2015 Newsletter

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Greenest Days at Turtle Rock Farm
Our June 2015 Newsletter

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IMG_9302                                                                                                                                    Photos by Ann Denney

Undercroft Montessori School in Tulsa
brought junior high students to the farm
for the second time. They visited in early spring
three years ago and we were very glad
to welcome the group this fall.
The students do the planning,
the preparations (make reservations,
meal-planning, shopping, cooking, clean-up.)
They do a service project while they’re with us—
this year, moving and piling brush
and making beehive supers. The classes
have a beekeeping project at their school,
so they were actually excited
about getting to build bee houses—
and check out our hives.
They also spent a day
at the Great Salt Plains,
digging crystals from the lake of salt
left over from a pre-historic ocean.

They took the farm tour,
fed the animals,
walked the labyrinth,
played flashlight tag under the stars
and kayaked on the pond—
and climbed a cypress tree.
I think they are the first guests
to ever do that!

Thank you all for coming to the farm,
for helping out,
for your happy ways
and most of all
for learning about Earth
and how to live thoughtfully,
kindly,
as part
of this amazing planet.

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