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.

Approved by the Emerald Earth Land Council
March 2013

At Emerald Earth Sanctuary we are called upon to “heal the relationship between people and nature.” This is no small task, and one we approach with reverence and humility. We are exploring, through our discussions, our meditations, our studies and our actions, how to progressively weave ourselves into the integral role that humans have played in the healthy functioning of the planetary ecosystem. Read More

Most of us are familiar with the consequences of livestock mismanagement. Erosion, gullies and damaged riparian areas are typical results of this mismanagement. Read More

by Brent

If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans. We spent last winter and spring creating detailed plans for the coming year. Our energies would be directed to the things we prioritized most for last year, that meant long-term planning and readying ourselves to welcome new members. Read More

by Tom

With the majority of the framing of the New Common Building completed 2 seasons ago, we concentrated this past year on some natural building infill projects. The Natural Building Intensive was instrumental in this progress. Read More