Many Thanks to botanical artist Linda Cook for donating her Manzanita watercolor to the Owl Camp 2013 Tee-shirt! A note from the artist:
"My hope is to support efforts for environmentally preferable businesses that can use my plant illustrations to help further their cause. I’m interested in anything related to sustainable living such as: conservation, gardening, green technologies, healthy veggie-rich cooking, organic and local food production, the slow food movement, and much more."
Thank you Linda for your generosity of spirit!
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After hacking away at a few tenacious fennel bulbs, this Alexander Valley 3rd Grader exclaims, "Can we do this all day!?"
Here is one of the many faces that encourages us at LandPaths to keep at this work of connecting people with land.
This Alexander Valley 3rd Grader is pulling fennel at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. As part of LandPaths' In our Own Backyard program, his whole class has adopted Healdsburg Ridge, turning it into an outdoor classroom to learn from and steward throughout the year. This year students learned the story of fennel. Fennel was brought to the United States by Italian settlers who loved the plant for its many uses- they used the bulbs in roasts and salads, used the flower and seeds as a flavorful spice, and ate the seeds whole and in tinctures as a digestive aid. Fennel soon hopped right over the garden fence and into the wild! Though this plant is loved by humans, it tends to take over the native ecosystem, out-competing native plants for space, light, nutrients and water. Removing fennel helps to restore our local, wild food web from grain to grasshopper, to bird, to deer, to hawk, to mountain lion.
The successful reciprocity happening here between the boy and the land should not be overlooked. In giving his total energy and spunk towards hard work and healing the land, this boy's reward is joy. If the photo, and this child's evident zeal at pulling up fennel is any proof at all, it certainly seems that everyone, including the land itself, is winning.
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