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.

The 2015 gardening season
has begun. Ann planted
kale, spinach and lettuce seeds
in the raised beds in the greenhouse
and beets, lettuce, kale, swiss chard,
basil, parsley and tomato seeds
in the house, under grow lights.
Already, the almost-forgotten
challenges
of gardening
are apparent: mice are
nibbling on the tiny sprouts
in the greenhouse.
Gardeners must have hardy
souls.

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I stopped by CommonWealth Urban Farms
in Oklahoma City a few days ago.
Front-yard winter gardens were
producing greens, broccoli;
veggies growing too
in Smart Pots lined up in the driveway.

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Lia Woods was in her potting room
transplanting tiny sprouts in tiny,
home-made earthen cubes
to their roomier earthen homes
in flats. CommonWealth farm
is more-than-a-city-block-big;
thus, flats and flats and flats
of sprouts.

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We who love vegetables—
locally grown, organic vegetables—
are grateful for our gardener friends’
hardy souls.