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What a bargain…

As the summer begins to wind down (and my goodness, has it gone by quickly), I find myself asking a couple of questions as we approach the fall. What has this summer been about? And why bother with all that we have–growing a garden, learning new skills, trying to engage a little more intentionally and

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Garden of Abundance

Our little garden has grown so much in the past couple of months. We started harvesting our beets and are using them to make borscht  for the falls spirit of the land course. We have had an abundant amount of salad greens and have started to plant our succession crop. Our pumpkins, squash and zucchini are

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The Cure for Desensitization

I have the BBC app on my phone, and have it set to receive notifications whenever there is breaking news. And lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of notifications. There has been so much violence lately, reaching all around the world and affecting people everywhere. It has been shocking and scary. I have been filled with sadness

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Aquaponics Resources

A couple of weeks ago we got together at the Camrose Public Library to talk about aquaponics. We delved into how to set up a system as well how to upkeep it and ensure it runs well. If you weren’t able to come to our event but wanted to learn more, I have attached our

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The Illusion of Scarcity

At our next “Seeds for the Soul” event next Wednesday, we will be discussing a chapter from one of the books that affected me the most during my time at Augustana, which is “Sacred Economics” by Charles Eisenstein. Eisenstein, although rather idealistic, ask some great questions about the way our economic system works in light

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Learning to Tend

During last year’s Spirit of the Land class, I stumbled across this quote in one of our readings: “We are recollecting the almost-lost knowledge of our great-grandparents, those most essential of human skill sets: how to tend to plants, how to tend to animals, and how to tend to ourselves.”  ~Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen,

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Reclaim Urban Farms

Tomorrow we (the interns) head back to Reclaim Urban Farm for our second day of urban farming! Reclaim Urban Farm ( is an urban farming business in Edmonton that partners with local landowners  to grow veggies using organic, sustainable practices in the heart of the city. We have the privilege of working as interns there roughly 4

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Spring is here, and so are the Interns!

Spring is here, and so are the summer interns at Spirit of the Land! Spirit of the land has hired three interns for May to August, and we have now joined the office! Over the summer, we will be looking at ways Spirit of the Land can improve current programs, further explore and develop programming

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Rediscovering My Values: A Week with Jim Wallis

While much of Jim Wallis’ book, Rediscovering Values, was review for me, primarily in discussing the issues of our economics and the commons and community we need to turn to, I did find his concepts quite easy to grasp, and they all seemed quite practical. I think his metaphor of an unbalanced stool (the largest leg,

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Aldo Leopold’s “The Sand County Almanac,” from July to December

Well, it’s week two of reading Leopold, and I am sold. This guys knows what a relationship with the land really is, and reading the second half of his “year” was nothing short of inspiring. I only hope I can know the land as well as he does one day. As I read through July,

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Join us…

“Next Generation Thinking” conference begins Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome!