• Spring blossoms at Emerald Earth

    Spring is Here

    The recent rain and warm weather have the trees all decked out in their spring finest.

  • oak tree reaches upward at Emerald Earth

    Living Gently

    This beautiful property is ours to care for and protect.

  • solar panels next to a straw bale well shed

    Reducing Impact

    Our buildings are green built and entirely off the grid.

  • Food Independence

    Food Independence

    We grow the majority of our food right here.

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    Our own milk

    It’s a lot of work to care for a milk cow, but we sure like the rewards.

Brain Tanning Buckskin with Jay Sliwa

9 am Friday June 5 through 5 pm Sunday June 7, 2015

Jay Sliwa wringing out buckskin

Learn the ancient art of brain tanning buckskin with master tanner Jay Sliwa.

Over the course of three days, each student will process a deer hide into fine brain-tanned leather.  Each student walks away from the class with a full, tanned hide.

$280 — Cost of the class includes the raw hide and all that is needed to process it into brain-tanned leather, plus nourishing, organic breakfast and dinner for three days, and camping at Emerald Earth Sanctuary.

To register contact community@emeraldearth.org

Or call 707-972-3096

Class size is limited so register today!

Dear Friends and Family of Emerald Earth Sanctuary,

Greetings from the bright green hills of Mendocino County where we are celebrating our 25th anniversary of intentional community this year! At a quarter of a century of working in community, we have much to be grateful for. Read More

by Tom

If humanity is to weather the impending climate chaos, we must find a way to reverse our historically detrimental impact on the biosphere and move toward a global culture that is inherently supportive of the healthy functioning of the ecosystem. It will not be enough to be “sustainable” as currently defined – to satisfy our present needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations. It occurs to me that we must be “repletive” both as the opposite of depletive and also as the holding of an intention to enhance the abundant, thriving resilience of our landscape and community.

As we adapt the indigenous land stewardship practices and Holistic Resource Management techniques to our land we are learning how to give to our ecosystem more than we receive in return. In the process we are building the ecoliteracy we will need to propel us into a future that sees humans as a regenerative element of our local ecosystem. In this issue of The Dirt we include the recently composed philosophy of land management that will guide the refinement of our mission and the fleshing out of our master plan. We hope that you will see the value of this pioneering work and contribute to this effort by supporting Emerald Earth in some way this year.