Greenworks!

           The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for Earth Stewardship Summer 2017

Summer 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.

              5 EASY WAYS TO SNEAK MORE SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR DAY

There's no denying sustainability has become a trending topic.  But why exactly is it so big?  And have you been doing  your part to be sustainable?  To be sustainable means to maintain a certain rate or level.  Because we live in a biological system, we must be diverse in order to survive.  To become diverse and stay diverse, we have to avoid the depletion of natural resources to keep ecological balance in check.  How do we do this?  We need to use our resources more wisely, so that we can ensure our future generations can also rely on them to live.                      Naturally, the reality is that we take our resources for granted.  Being busy hinders us from being mindful quite often - or at least it's the excuse many of us use. And that's not a bad thing so much as it is a habit that should be acknowledged and then shifted.  

To create this, and really any shift, it's important to start on a fundamental level.  You don't need to buy or build the most sustainable home on the planet to feel like you're doing your part, necessarily.  There are plenty of everyday shifts we can and should be making to ensure we are promoting sustainability.  Here are five ways you can be a little more sustainable each and every day.     

1. Look for products with packaging you can reuse- Packaging in general is pretty much the opposite of sustainability, but it can be difficult to find products without it. That’s when it’s better to choose the lesser of the two evils. When looking for a product, pick the one that uses the least amount of packaging, and even better, look for ones that can be reused at home, such as a glass jar.

2. Turn off your car! - Keeping your car idling when waiting for someone to grab something in a store isn’t doing the planet any good. Every 10 minutes your engine is turned off, you prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released into the air.

3. Avoid straws - Sure, plastic straws seem like a staple in the drink world, but the plastic types require hundreds of years to completely break down. And they typically end up in our oceans. In fact, straws rank in the top 10 on the Ocean Conservancy‘s list of the most found items amidst its international coastal cleanup.

4. Be mindful of foods that require a lot of water - This may not come to mind immediately when you think of ways to be more sustainable in your everyday life, but it should! For instance, it takes more than 90 gallons of water to produce a single serving of Greek yogurt, and an 8-ounce steak requires 850 gallons of water! Given various drought-prone areas, like California’s ongoing extreme drought epidemic, it seems fair to educate ourselves on ways to cut back.

5. Use cold water to wash your clothes - Along with keeping your clothes from fading quickly, which hinders the need to replace them, using cold water to wash your clothes is also beneficial for reducing energy use. This is because heating water makes up for 90 percent of the energy used to run a washing machine, and 12 percent of a typical U.S. household’s energy bill.  Obviously, there are many more things you can do...                                                                                                        collective-evolution.com, 4/17


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                                          CREATING A GARDEN SANCTUARY 

A personal outdoor sanctuary is an important part of feeling connected to all of life.  Each of us has been blessed with an innate need to celebrate and glorify life.  At a most basic level, we honor the forces that came together to bring us into being by caring for our bodies and our souls.  To truly rejoice in existence, we must also learn to cultivate loveliness in those special places that replenish the soul.  When we create a garden sanctuary, we are reminded that we are a part of both nature's essence and something more.   An outdoor retreat is a place we can surround ourselves in nature, beauty, and the life force.  It is not difficult to create a sanctuary - we should endeavor, however, to create sanctuaries that speak to us as individuals. 
     Whether we have a yard, a grassy corner, a patio, or a porch at our disposal, our creative potential is infinite.  Any of these spaces can beecome a magnificent garden.  When we feel drawn to specific themes such as Zen, angels, paradise, or the ethereal, we should explore them.  Decor and furniture crafted from natural materials like wood and stone blend seamlessly into nature.  Yet we can also augment the natural world by filling our garden sanctuaries with statues, bells or gongs, or colorful flags.  Running water, like that in a created stream or fountain, helps energy flow smoothly.  If space is a concern, crystals and mirrors can fulfill the same function.  Hidden features like concealed swings and reflecting pools veiled in shadow can surprise and delight.  As your garden sanctuary evolves, remember to invite the elemental spirits of nature to assist you in your efforts to create a small pocket of harmony, beauty, and peace in your own backyard.  If you have not already felt their presence, sit quietly in your garden and reach out to them.  You will feel these earthly guides at your side as you continue to develop your sanctuary. 
     In the refuge of brillant color, sweet scents, and stillness you create in your garden, the burdens imposed upon you by a sometimes hectic world will melt away.  The splendor and tranquility of what you have brought into being will entrance you, allowing you to forget the constraints of time and space.   No matter how large or small your garden sanctuary, the time you spend reveling in its pleasures will refresh your spirit and provide you with innumerable opportunities to celebrate life.                                                                                                                                                                       By Madisyn Taylor, Daily Om, 5/2017
                        

6 GARDENING TIPS FOR HOT WEATHER


These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. Like our other vegan garden tips, they are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice.                                               1. Fertilize well. Helping your plants thrive is often a case of proper planning, placement and soil fertility.  A strong plant can better withstand the stress of high heat and dry weather.  So fertilize the soil well before planting using organic compost and other sustainable stock-free fertilizers. You can also give your plants a boost with liquid fertilizers (like water soluble seaweed powder) a couple of weeks after planting, or in times of stress.  General tip: While liquid fertilizers are great, it is best not to overuse them. Liquid fertilizers (even organic) feed plants directly instead of supporting the soil food web. The soil food web (simply put) is the network that makes nutrients (already in the soil) available to your plants. It is important to protect and nourish this system with organic matter whenever possible, to ensure long-term soil fertility.                                                                    2. Choose perennials, heat resistant crops or plants with an extensive root system.  Many annuals have shallow root systems that dry out easily in the heat of summer. By choosing plants with a hardier root system (biennials (produce for two years), perennials, heat resistant crops, etc.) you’ll start your summer garden off on the right foot.  Pros of heat resistance crops: Less watering = less money spent on water and less work during the heat. Pros of planting perennials or biennials: You will be investing in the future of your garden instead of planting for one growing season at a time.                                                                     3. Create a moat. When planting from starts: Create a small dirt moat around each plant (slightly larger than the drip line, where the leaves reach out to). This channels water towards the roots when the plant is watered or when it rains. This is a particularly good idea if you are working with compacted or sun baked soil. When direct planting from seeds: Dig a small channel 1-2 inches deeper than the recommended depth for the type of seeds you are planting. Sprinkle the seeds in the channel and cover with the appropriate amount of soil making sure there are still ridges (of soil) on either side of the seeds, to channel water downwards.  
     4. Use shade cloth. Shade cloth can be essential during the summer months. You can use it to protect young fragile seedlings/starts or give larger, more established plants a break from the heat.  There are different grades of “shade” available, depending on the intensity of the sun you are attempting to partially block out.  At the same garden supply stores you should also be able to find metal hoops (semi circles) that can be placed over your garden beds to prevent the shade cloth from touching or damaging plants.                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Mulch. When it comes to retaining fertility and moisture in your soil, mulch is on your side. Mulch can attract slugs and other gastropods, but it also protects the soil from UV light, as well as the heat of the sun and compaction, while helping the soil to retain nutrients and moisture. Different mulches: You can use grass, hay, newspaper, weed-mat and cardboard as mulch. General tip: Exposed soil is never a “great” thing. There are times you need to work the soil or leave soil exposed to the elements (starting a new seed bed etc.), but whenever possible keep your dirt covered with mulches or ground covers. The worms, organic matter and microorganisms in your soil will thank you.                                                                                                                               6. Use water catchments to save rainwater. Even if you use mulch, shade cloth and/or plant heat resistant crops at some point you’ll probably have to water. So to save money and other valuable resources, use a water catchment to collect water when it rains. This will give you a free water reserve to use in the gardens during dry periods.  These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. Like our other vegan garden tips, they are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice.                                                                                                                                    Gentleworld.org  5/13


                                                              Seasonal Planting Dates 

Above Ground Crops

(i.e. corn, peppers, squash, etc.):  July  23, 24;  Aug 29                     

Below Ground Crops

(i.e. beets, carrots, radishes): July 15 - 17;   Aug 11 - 13;  Sept  8 - 10

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