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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Spring Come Early at Turtle Rock Farm

Our March Newsletter

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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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Evolving at Turtle Rock Farm
Our March Newsletter

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Our May Newsletter:
Springtime at Turtle Rock Farm

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Our friend Dave Conrad
leads the Earth Drum Circle
annually at our Earth Day Festival.
It starts with laughter
and moves towards
soulful,
as Dave invites us to speak
through the drum
individually
and collectively;
as we listen to our inner rhythm
and connect with the group’s changing rhythms.
That happened again this year.
And then Dave joined
George, Sylvan and Dale
in the round-top barn,
with its wonderful acoustics,
and they played sweet music
into the day.
(This all happened
after the skunk’s early-morning visit.)
Now, Dave sends a poem—
“Earth Day”—
that we’d like to share:

Arched timbers, there for half a dozen decades,
Keep aloft the sky of sheets of corrugated steel,
That crown this cathedral’s bales of hay,
Bags of feed, an old truck, a tractor.

Perfumed with grass, livestock and a resident,
Black with white stripe, seen leaving for the day.
This day celebrates the land that surrounds us,
Here to know the holy in a new way.

Calloused fingertips fret flat wound strings,
And the sound hole speaks, harmony’s voice,
Tells of years, stories  rhymed, words to notes,
Long hours seem timeless, lost with friends.

Each sound sent, from wood, steel,
Move the air, like breathing, whispering in our ears.
To memories only, never to be again alive,
Yet live forever, a group gathered, music shared.

Joy and sadness, sung to the earth, drums beat,
Resonance released, a celebration of our world.
Hope rejoined, that we find our best, for us,
For our world, journey together, dust to dust.

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Because Green Connections’ Earth Day Festival
is on Saturday, April 19,
you have another opportunity—
on the official Earth Day,
Tuesday, April 22—
to plan to attend
an Earth Day Rally
for Climate Change Action.
Sponsored by our friends
at The Peace House,
Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign,
Citizens Climate Lobby,
and Peace Education Institute,
it’s at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s South Plaza,
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Earth Day week
is a fitting time to consider
what actions, changes
in your life you will take
this year
to help create a sustainable life
for all.
Here’s a list to consider,
provided by Nathaniel Batchelder,
director of the Peace House
in Oklahoma City:

– Ask a minister/priest/rabbi for a message on Harmony with Nature/Earth
– Write a brief  “Letter To the Editor”
– Contact a Congress Member and communicate:
“GlobalWarming is Real & Man-Made. Do Something!”
– Challenge a house-of-worship and/or school to adopt a “Green” practice
– Check out the website:  <350.org>
– Lead a discussion on Global Climate Change (Or ask us at Turtle Rock Farm to help with that.)
– Switch to LED light bulbs – more efficient than compact flourescent bulbs… and they last much longer.
– Plant trees, bushes, or ground-cover not needing to be mowed
– Plant a vegetable garden.  Conserves lots of energy.
– Consider Vegetarianism
Conserves lots of energy.   Contact Vegetarian Society of OK http://vegok.org/ for a presentation
– Recycle what you can. (Home recycling in OKC is less than 20%)
Conserves natural resources. Saves energy. Reduces pollution.
– Join SIERRA CLUB
Oklahoma Sierra Club http://oklahoma2.sierraclub.org/
Okla. City Sierra Club—http://oklahoma.sierraclub.org/cimarron/

 

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We also encourage
composting,
water conservation,
solar cooking,
spending time in nature,
giving children a chance to lead exploration
in nature.
Find a “Sit Spot”—
a place you can go to daily
to watch what’s happening
in the “neighborhood.”
Learn about your bioregion.
Take a hike or walk weekly,
observing the natural world.
Take a workshop at Turtle Rock Farm
or ask us to present a program or retreat
for your group.
Every day
is Earth Day.