Greenworks!

The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for Earth Stewardship Spring 2018

Spring Edition 

The Love Awakening is an extension of The Rodan Foundation, a spiritual center founded in 1981 by Rev. Clarke Carraway. Our Community Greenworks intention is to awaken and connect in unity and harmony with our Earth Mother and all of her kind. As transceivers, we allow Source energy to direct and flow through us, touching all that we do with love and in exchange, receiving a bounty of goodness from the Earth.

 TOP 4 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH THE EARTH


WE ALL ARE OF THIS EARTH.  Each of our souls are on a unique assignment and may have come from other star systems or galaxies, but in this incarnation, we have chosen, Planet Earth.  What an epic opportunity to explore what it means to be alive on this diverse, thriving, breathing, spinning globe, which each morning is greeted by a glorious star we call Sun.                                                                                                                                                                                                               With the realization of that choice, we find that the more connected we are to this Earthly environment, rather than trying to be somewhere else, or disconnected, the more peace, tranquility and joy we find in our collective human experience.                      .                                                                                                                                                                                       Indigenous people of the earth, who, in a vast variety of creation stories, recognize that they too came from the stars, have taken on the souls' bold challenge of exploring the obstacles and ecstasies of being in the Earthly realm.  Therefore, you see a major theme within the spirituality of many native cultures is to honor the Earth and create authentic ways to express their deep connection.                                                                                                                                                                            Each terrain upon this planet embodies a different Spirit of essence, through its animals, plants, temperature and weather patterns.  One who is severely disconnected from the Spirit(s), rhythms and cycles of the Earth, naturally finds it hard to realize what another is doing who is united with the seen and unseen energies of the Earth.                                              The original people of the world, passed down by many ancient native lineages have struggled to be considered as equals in the rapid moving modern world because they live here on Earth with a different definition of productivity.  To them, to live and interact in right relation with one's environment, instead of controlling and manipulating it, is one of the highest forms of productivity.  Still today, the argument continues, whether or not the Original People of Australia (also known as 'aboriginal'), were actually categorized as animals under the 'Flora & Fauna Act' until the 1960's.  All of the punishment, torture, dematerialization and colonialism upon indigenous cultures of the past and present signifies a deep misunderstand of the profound wisdom the indigenous cultures have cultivated from many years of living in honor, respect and physical embodiment of a solid earth connection.                                                                                                                    Today we romanticize the native cultures who lived or are still trying to live in harmony with the Earth, because now modern culture is returning to our roots and collectively realizing the damage being done from being severely disconnected from the source which sustains life.                                                                                                                                           The questions is not whether we go back to our primitive ways or not.  The question is how do we develop a new way of connecting to the source which provides us, our ancestors, and the children to come, life, and how can it inspire the work we do as we evolve rapidly with technology.  If we do not take the time to connect and build a relationship with nature, we will never know it, and as Chief Dan George says, "What you do not know you will fear, and what one fears, one destroys."                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will we go on with this legacy of being the only species on Earth that destroys its own habitat??  Or will we realize and respect our total dependence on nature and the ways in which the wilderness can transform our health, happiness, and overall well being of this life we have chosen on this Good Earth??  Personally, I am choosing the second option, and here are a few "Tools for Remembering" we can all use to truly embrace this opportunity to be a harmonious, inspired Earthling: 

                                                                       4 TOP EARTHLING AGREEMENTS: 

1.  Build a relationship with the Earth - Spend time with Mother Nature, submerge yourself into her rhythms and flows, mimic and study the behaviors the living organisms of nature (flora and fauna), walk barefoot upon her soils to return to your raw wild origins, value sacred communication with nature in your own unique way, plan frequent times to disappear and dissolve into the mysteries of the Earth's conscious.                                                                                          

2.  Witness the brilliance of Nature - View the tangible Earth body as a portal to Source, which is encoded with an indescribable amount of data, codes and information which leads us closer to answers and knowing.  There is nothing you have to do with this information (unless your true heart desire is super super inspired to do so), all you really have to do is let your jaw drop and be in awe by its Great Mystery. 

3.  Speak for the Earth - Mother Earth herself has a beautiful voice, but seems, only a certain percentage of humans can pick up on it.  So when you hear her delicate song and messages through her trees, animals, waters, weather, etc. give her a hand and find the eloquent words of the human language and share them in a beautiful way so more can rejoice in her majesty. 

4.  Honor the Earth - Find unique ways to give thanks, to appreciate the vast variety of abundance that we receive on a daily basis and give back to her through praise, song, dance, ritual, ceremony, etc.  Let this not be an obligation, but a creative form of expression for her endless wisdom and support in turning our dreams into a physical reality.  This honoring can be done silently or collectively.                   www. elahandausierra.com/blog


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                                                                SPRING GARDENING 

What are the sunlight, soil, and space requirements for a backyard garden?
  Choose the best site for your garden, preferably in a location that is easily accessible from your home. Make sure the site receives 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. Avoid planting where shade from trees or buildings limits light for part of the day because it will decrease yield and increase disease problems in many plants. If shade is a problem, plant leafy crops in those areas and save the full sun areas for crops that bear fruit (tomato, eggplant, squash etc).Select a level area with well-drained soil. Soil can be amended with compost or other organic matter to improve soil water relations.  A water source near the garden is important.  The size of your garden will be dependent upon available space, the time that you have to garden and the food needs of your family and neighborhoods. Generally, a packet of seeds will fill a 15 ft. row for many crops.              
                                                                                                                                              
How do I plan a garden?   Develop a written plot plan (see below) for both your vegetable garden taking into account the need for crop rotation, and that often, cool season vegetables may still be in the ground and producing at the same time that you want to plant warm season vegetables. A plot plan will also help if you want to grow in raised beds. Raised beds are great for growing a garden in areas with poor water drainage, and to keep the garden neat and tidy. If you can access the bed from both sides, the width of a raised bed should not be more than about 6 feet. If you only have access from one side, make the bed no wider than 3 feet. Otherwise, it can difficult to reach to the middle of the bed.                   

Written Plot Plans - Plans for a Small Garden: When planning a small garden of 15 x 15.5’ or smaller, the goal is to produce the most possible in a small amount of space. You must be clear about the needs of your family relative to food product and avoid the temptation to grow crops that are room intensive such as corn, melons and pumpkins. Include crops to be grown, specific spacing between plants, trellising needs, planting and approximate harvest dates, and bed widths. This allows you to save space for later planting.                                                                                                                             
Plans for a Medium Garden: A medium size garden 25 X 30’ can include corn and melons as well as small space plants in larger quantity or sequential plantings of the same crop for a longer season of production.


When should I plant my garden? 
California has a unique vegetable growing climate and we can grow many different types of vegetable crops throughout the year. Crops are classified as warm season or cool season crops. It is important that you plant at the right time of year for each crop for optimum yield.  Vegetable planting guides will provide the approximate planting periods for both cool and warm season crops. If they are planted too early or too late, the productivity will be reduced.

Cool season crops are those that grow best and produce the best quality when the average temperatures are 55*F to 75F and are usually tolerant of slight frosts. Plants in this group include root crops such as: beets, carrots, parsnip, radish and turnips; stems such as asparagus and white potato; leafy crops such as cabbage, celery, lettuce, onion, and spinach and plants whose immature flower parts we eat, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and globe artichokes. 

Warm season crops are crops that grow best when the days are long and hot (between 65*F and 95*F. These include crops with mature fruit such as tomatoes, cantaloupe, winter squash and watermelon or immature fruit such as corn, squash, and snap beans.                                                                                                                                                                                                           http://ucanr.edu/sites/gardenweb


 

                                                               Seasonal Planting Dates 

Above Ground Crops

(i.e. corn, peppers, squash, etc.):  Mar  18, 19, 27;  Apr 20 - 23, 30;      May  18 - 20, 26 - 29.                 

Below Ground Crops

(i.e. beets, carrots, radishes): Mar 8 - 9, 13 - 14;  Apr 2 - 3, 12 - 14;
May  9 - 10, 13.

Celebrate and co-create with Nature!  For more information about volunteer opportunities for upcoming events, please contact The Love Awakening of The Rodan Foundation:  livelove@theloveawakening.org