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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of gardening. I love the concept of it, and I get why people love digging in the dirt and connecting to Mother Earth, but bugs just skeeze me. And don’t even get me going about worms, slugs and other slimy critters! Even though my brain is aware that they will not hurt me, the gut reaction is to freak out. So the entire time I am playing in the dirt, I’m just waiting for something to jump out at me, or even worse, slither.
Still, I do like to do yard work sometimes, typically more on the clean up end and have learned some tricks. Really good gloves are important so I don’t have to physically touch anything, and I try and not look too closely at what I’m picking up. Anything that has a flower on it, I consider a gift. On top of that, anything that grows without my assistance (like random tomatoes that sprouted from leftover seeds in our compost) gets my gardening love and respect, along with my husband, who does seem to enjoy the gardening bit, and keeps me in tomatoes, zucchini and berries throughout the growing season.
When his efforts don’t yield what our taste buds crave, I turn to all the wonderful farmers markets that have popped up around our state. Though I have always been aware of healthy food and how we get it, I am ever grateful for my time publishing Natural Awakenings which has brought many new things to my attention including how important the birds and the bees are in helping the process along. It is truly amazing how interrelated every single thing on this planet is—water, air (even carbon dioxide), bees, temperature, soil texture and the list goes on. Science can help us some, but when the difference between a hot house tomato and the real thing is tasted, you will know there is no substitute for nature.
It’s been interesting these last eight years, watching the evolution of Earth Day from my place at the magazine. From the beginning, I’d comb the local event sites looking for Earth Day events, hoping to see some celebrations around it. While it is fulfilling to participate in the many clean up efforts that take place, early on it seemed that there just wasn’t enough emphasis on celebrating the earth. I can’t say it has totally turned around, but it does seem to be shifting as more people recognize that without our Earth, we people can’t exist. With that in mind, it seems like we should be able to celebrate and appreciate the earth, and I’m glad we do.
Our April feature article by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko, “Eco Yards: Turning Lawns Into Native Landscapes,” explores amazing concepts for environmentally friendly landscaping that are big on beauty while saving time, money and precious water resources. With a tag line of “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet”, Natural Awakenings is committed to both, and I am happy that our community, you and I, are part of it.
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