Toward a New Relationship

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Humans are tuned to relationship. We’re healed by our love and our compassion. And one of the most influential relationships in our lives is with the land itself. We can make soil through composting as well as destroy it through over-grazing. Within some of us still are the skills of how to keep the land and ourselves healthy. This ancient knowledge lies in the daily traditions of the Popago Indians, of African farmers and hunters, and in the modern skills of range scientists, homesteaders, forest stewards and organic growers. What kind of new concept of the land might emerge if we could listen more carefully to one another’s stories of the land?

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