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.

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Seems a tiny effort,
setting aside one day
to celebrate Earth,
our home.
Clouds hang low—
there has been rain!—
over greening grass and trees,
so newly green,
many gorgeous shades,
that celebration rises
from within. Iris
are fully opened,
stunning in their colors,
and tiny, white star-shaped flowers
pop up in the grass. Mockingbird
and Kildeer and Cardinal
and dear Phoebe
are fully voiced. Tiny frogs
serenade into the night. Why wouldn’t we
join in the celebration—
moment
to moment—
and
for an official Earth Day:
Saturday, April 25
at Turtle Rock Farm?
It’s the fifth year Green Connections
has sponsored the party
and the education. Besides food
(free Wichita Buffalo Company hot dogs
and corn on the cob—cookout at 3 p.m.)
and music,
we will gather round at 1 p.m. for the Earth Drum Circle,
led by Dave Conrad,
and then officially thank the Earth in a brief ceremony.
From 11 a.m. there will be activities….
the Cosmic Walk
solar demonstration
make your own toothpaste
make a wild bee house
visit animals
tour the strawbale hermitage
see the high tunnel garden
walk the prairie labyrinth
sit on the farmhouse front porch
make gifts from natural materials
with the TransitionOKC team.
It’s always (this is the fifth year)
a gentle time…
time to be on the prairie,
visit with folks…
spend the day outdoors
on this glorious planet.

Visit our fb event page and let us know
you’re coming
so we have a hot dog at the grill
for you!

 

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I’ve been to Earth Day celebrations
on the east coast—Washington, D.C.’s mall—
and the west coast—Topanga Canyon, California.
They may be bigger
with more educational opportunities,
more music, more food, more people
(and less wind,)
but I dearly love celebrating Earth
here on the prairie
at Turtle Rock Farm.
Chickens and guineas scratching around for insects,
goats and alpacas munching away in their pastures,
Red-Winged Blackbirds calling from tree tops,
Maizey greeting guests…
Transition OKC team members
helping people make seed bombs,
Lisa Piccolo explaining about natural fibers,
helping people learn to weave them;
Renee Hoover showing the beautiful belt
she made from the alpacas’ fleece
and demonstrating Cherokee finger weaving…
Bruce Johnson and Barbara Hagan
teaching about energy with their hand-cranked generator
and cracking TRF black walnuts and pecans for tasting…
learning about fighting legislation
that would fine Oklahoma residents who install solar and wind systems…
Dave Conrad leading an Earth Drum Circle…
George, Sylvan and Dale
making sweet homemade music in the round-top…
lunching on corn grilled in the husk (and kept warm in a solar oven)
and the delicious Bison hot dogs from Wichita Buffalo Company
labyrinth walking…
porch sittin’…
making the Cosmic Walk…

Together,
with all ages of people
who care about
and celebrate
our planet home…
in a soft place…
a thin place…
It was a day
when our humanity
was showing!

The Second Annual Green Connections Earth Day Celebration
was last Saturday at Turtle Rock Farm.
It was a day set aside
to come together
and learn more about our planet home,
all who live here
and how interdependent we are.
And it was a day to thank Earth
for food, air, water, clothing, shelter.
Too, it was a day to celebrate the Source of Life
in song, companionship, picnic and dance.

Guests visit the tipi and in the straw bale hermitage

Diane Ford teaches wheat weaving.

Kayla and her star made of wheat.

 Janice Robinson demonstrates spinning alpaca wool.

Renee Hoover teaches Cherokee double-wall basket weaving

Dave Conrad teaches about finding our natural rhythm
and the rhythms of all on the planet

Marty Hoffman teaches about alpaca wool, as Darcy is sheared.

Guests visit Biak, waiting his turn.

Darcy and William, freshly shorn, wait in the pasture for Biak.

Listening to the sweet sounds of George,
Dale and Sylvan’s swing music on the front porch.

Making solar ovens in the round top barn.

        Elizabeth Box Price leads the Thanking-the-Earth ceremony
during which Mary Moloney reads a Wendell Berry poem.

Guests join in the prayers for wisdom and blessing.

    Volunteer Extraordinaire Doug Sander manages the grills and fire pits
to cook corn on the cob and Buffalo hot dogs.
Nothing’s finer than a picnic with fine food, fine company, fine fiddling and clear skies.

Two of the children from Lone Star School cook
their Wichita Buffalo Hot Dogs in their new solar oven.

And then the Mud Dobbers
and the Scissortail Traditional Dance Society
danced us into the night.

We thank everyone who came to share the day.
We thank the Lone Star School for bringing their students and parents,
who enriched our time together
with their total engagement and interest in the events.
We thank Diane, Renee, Janice, Marty, George, Dale, Sylvan, Dave,
Shanda and the Mud Dobbers for their generous sharing of talents.
Thank you Whitney Pearson of the Oklahoma Sierra Club
for bringing our awareness and activism to the environmental issues that threaten the planet.
We thank Elizabeth, Dorothy, Mary and Claudia of the Green Connections board
for their deep commitment to environmental education
and their lovely presence.
We thank Susan, Doug, Nelda, Erica and Frank for their extraordinary efforts
to make this celebration happen.
We thank our parents,
who left this beautiful place on the prairie
for us to tend and share.
And we thank the Source of Life and Love
for bringing us all together
here.