Who am I non-professionally?

feedlambcap.jpgNon-professionally, I’m distressed by impending environmental calamities and too impatient to wait for the awakening of global eco-consciousness. Thus, my environmental activism is occurring on the home front. I transformed a pre-fabricated industrial structure that is made of recycled cars into a super-efficient home. It is heated geothermally. I am tending to eleven acres of rocky hillside to coax it into vital and productive eco-systems: meadow, forest, garden, stream, pond, and pasture. I have learned the ancient system of terracing to create zones of fertility. Terraced land is the site of herb and vegetable gardens, berry bushes, and fruit trees. They are thriving in soil I created through intense babyduckscap.jpgmushroomcap.jpgcomposting. The stream has also been terraced to create a series of ponds where fish now spawn. Chickens, ducks, lambs, cat fish, and bass are raised for pleasure and nourishment. My family’s diet is supplemented by wild turkey, venison, wild mushrooms, and nourishing weeds.
My environmental philosophy is made evident in these lifestyle decisions. I believe that the widespread yearning for intimate rapport with the non-human world is best achieved by activating functional relationships with eco-systems. Digging, stacking, raking, weeding, watering kindle sensibilities attuned to growth patterns and life cycles. It is difficult to describe them because they exceed familiar observations, aesthetics, and emotions. Staying home has become an adventuresome exploration and a source of constant celebration

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Making Maple Syrup

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Buckets Collecting Maple Sap
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Winter Garden in Cold Frames 

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Winter Cold Frame Garden 

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Grandkids

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Dad Turkey 
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close-up garden 2012

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Dressing Chickens

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Geese. Ducks. Turkeys.

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Spring Lambs

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