backtotheland Photos & Videos

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Join us this Saturday, 12/15 from 12-5pm for our first and only plant sale on select one-of bonsai pieces at reduced prices and pre-bonsai plant material in grow pots. We are cleaning house - greenhouse that is - for the season and these guys need a warm home for the winter. 🏠☃️ • Enjoy light snacks and sip on super premium sake provided by @sotosake while you browse the sale and our full collection of indoor and outdoor bonsai. • RSVP link in bio • LOCATION: The Bonsai Studio, 14 Clermont Avenue #1R , Brooklyn (next to Brooklyn Navy Yard) DATE: Saturday, December 15th from 12:00pm-5:00pm • • #holidayopenhouse #studiosale #nycbonsai #plantsale #groundyourself 📸 @bettybyrd

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Taking time on this cold, rainy day to look back through one of my favorite homesteading books and do some planning. I don't remember noticing the poems in the acknowledgments before today. It is a treat to find something new in these worn and yellowed pages. #countryliving #farmlife #homesteading #backtotheland #familyfarm

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Goals vs intentions for 2019. ——— First: words matter, and framing matters. ——— As part of an ongoing effort to weed out habitual consumptive/extractive/colonialist thought patterns in my mind — domestication is a state of mind y’all — I have been contemplating the ways in which I set goals for myself, and by what metrics I judge whether I’ve succeeded or failed. But success and failure themselves are so black and white, which rarely if ever accurately maps on to consensus reality: if my last relationship ended unhappily but I grew and matured in ways that would’ve otherwise been impossible as a result— was that a success or a failure? A goal is something tangible that you reach out and try to grab, and either you succeed in grabbing it or you don’t. And once you’ve grabbed it and consumed it, you can forget all about it and move on to the next target to be vanquished. An intention, on the other hand, is less tangible and therefore more malleable. To set an intention is not to strive for some object or event in the future, but simply to proceed through the present with a clear understanding of how you will approach whatever arises. If I set a goal with my work to make a certain amount of money or reach a certain number of people, whether I accomplish it or not, as soon as it’s within my grasp it vanishes, and I have to begin the conquest all over again with a new set of goal posts. But if, instead, I choose to operate with the intentions of meeting my financial needs and reaching the greatest number of people, I can be far more fluid in my operations, and because there is no destination and no deadline, I can change course on a whim when I feel called to head in another direction. Success and failure become inadequate for describing the results. So: what intentions are you setting for yourself in 2019? As for me, I intend to proceed into the next year with my heart more open than ever, doing my best to spread good vibes as far and wide as I can manage, and deepening my capacity to serve my fellow human animals as a bridge to the natural world and a more feral way of being.

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There is a global school strike for climate action, TODAY, December 14th, called by 15-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. "We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and, and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses, and we are running out of time. We have come to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people." - #gretathunberg to the UN #climateactionnow #climatechange #abruptclimatechange #thereisnoplanetb #climateaction #climatejustice #rebel #backtotheland #exploremb #manitoba

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Our venue this Sunday harkens back to another age when the gap between rural and urban Australia, between farmers and eaters was much closer then today’s disconnect. But it also speaks to the future, of rural community revitalisation, of young people returning to the land to make a home and a living. Bunyip Town Hall you’ve seen a lot of change in your lifetime and we’re excited to share a bright new chapter with you this Sunday arvo! Thanks for having us 😀

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Folks swear by the health benefits of elderberry syrup and other products, especially to ward off nasty colds. * * * But what's the science behind this concoction? Waldo County naturopath Dr. Elizabeth Yori uses elderberry, especially in the winter. She’s the president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors and owner of Heritage Natural Health in Belfast, and she swears by the berries, saying they have antiviral qualities and contain a lot of antioxidants, which act like a fuel for the body’s own immune system to combat illnesses. Learn more, including how to make a simple elderberry syrup at hellohomestead.com or simply click the link in our bio. * * * #homesteading #hellohomestead #naturalremedies #elderberrysyrup #elderberry #coldremedy #fluremedy #homemade #tea #berries #backtotheland #knowwhatyoueat #wholefoods #youarewhatyoueat #naturalmedicine

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Somewhere in gritty NYC a mini garden grows...🌱🗽 It’s fascinating to think that we’re able to recreate various climate conditions in our tiny windowsills from all parts of the world. Think desert landscapes or tropical rainforests. Some will thrive and some will struggle but at the core of it all is that we become better connected to our natural world(and a smarter gardener to boot!). • Our Studio Holiday Open House & Plant Material Sale is this Saturday, 12/15 from 12-5pm. Link in bio for more details ✌🏽 • • #horsetailthrush #minigardens #nycbonsai #holidayopenhouse #plantsale 📸 @bettybyrd

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We took the rams in to be processed today, never a fun day. Although who am I kidding, there is actually something so wholesome and fulfilling and even fun about spending the morning with your partner working together to pen and transport rams you raised, fed, cared for, and that will now feed your family. It is hard to pen our shy sheep, and we had to work together and by now we are pretty good at it, and it was deeply satisfying. I’m sorry for the rams but it will be over quickly and I believe we fulfilled our part of the contract: we gave them time to fully mature and naturally outgrow their moms, space to roam, shelter from the elements, access to sunshine, food, and clean water, and companionship with their own kind. It is the least we could do, and before anyone winces or gets teary eyed, please remember that the vast majority of animals raised for meat do not get this. One of my goals with our farm stay is to show people how even animals destined for the freezer deserve the good life for as long as they are here. Anyway, nine sheep left in the pasture, all ladies. And we’ll have a full freezer in a few days. #farmlife #reality #upstateny #greenecounty #backyardsheep #eatingmeat #localmeat #sheepfarm #backtotheland #homesteading

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The older I get the more my vision gets stronger. At the moment I am overwhelmed with emotions. Some mine & others not. This time of year brings me to the depths. I don't mind going down there...it brings clarity to everything that is surfacing. I am just tired & in need of ceremony. To get out of this mundane sence of being. Get on the land...earth my body & soul so that I can absorb & release with more ease. I'd like to say that the last 10 years have been quite the ride but it's more like the last 43 years have been a ride. I'm not even going to include years before that. I am going to rest now. This next stage is going to be the transformation of this fuckin life time. Back to the land...I can't fight it any longer😏✌💓 #selfhealing #backtotheland #manifistation #love

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Meet Ruck! Ruck is the newest addition to our little Milking Flock, and he’s fitting in quite nicely here at Ballyhubbock Farm 🐑🐑🐑 As you can see, he’s even made friends with some of our heifers 🐮 (although, we think he’s in that friendship for the benefits 🍴).😋 - As the flock continues to expand, we have to be mindful about our replacement offspring and the different bloodlines needed for them; which is why we chose Ruck-it just helps that he’s also a beauty 😍 - #CaisNaTire #EastFriesianSheep #BallyhubbockFarm

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My mother’s copy of The Tassajara Bread Book that she got in #1973. It was well used in the cabin and has all the food and mold stains to prove it. It is still in print, and the New York Times wrote in 2003: “Many people consider it the bible of bread baking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever, an inspiration not only to bakers and chefs but also to an entire generation of food writers. The same bread and sunflowers remain on the cover. And Brown, who was ordained as a Zen priest in 1971, is still working to disseminate his vision of what we could be, if we could remember how to use our hands.” #tassajarabreadbook _ _ _ #arkansas #ozarks #stonecounty #backtotheland #backtothelanders #homesteading #simplelife #farmlife #letters #letterwriting #1970s #70s #oldphotos #oldphoto #seventies #freerangeparenting #counterculture #childhoodinthewoods #logcabin

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Oak elders 😍 Cibolo nature center, not far from the Cascade Caverns starts with an Oak/ Juniper forest bluff overlooking open Savanahs, a wetland and the Cibolo Creek covered by an incredibly beautiful Cypress riparian (waters edge) forest.. In the forest above, Oak and juniper create a dense cover of shade while the American beauty berry, elbowbush and Mexican buckeye provide understory. The woodland provides habitat for deer, rabbits, armadillo and birds. We saw a couple deers hopping around. Where the canopy opens, native grasses spread in open meadows among the trees, providing grazing for deer and other animals. The meadows were dry as it’s their winter season. Below the bluff is the spring-fed Wrede Marsh. The restored marsh once covered five times as much land as it does now and was nearly entirely lost to development. #draintheswamps It’s a tiny little nature center, but worth a little visit and a hike!! #latinxoutdoors #nativeoutdoors #texasoutdoors #backtotheland #lipanapacheland #xicanoutdoors #latinx

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Our off grid bathroom 🚽 💦 🛀 We do have basic amenities! We've got a composting toilet, which isn't anything fancier than a 5 gallon bucket we sprinkle with wood chips to keep smells at bay... Our compost turns back into earth in the back corner of the field in a hole Graeme dug. #Lowimpact for the win! . Our propane hot water tank is tankless meaning it heats water as it passes through, it's attached to the wall beside the toilet. . Our simple sink is hooked up to our solar powered water pump and onboard water tank. We did save the rock sink from our yoga studio, so that's going to be another custom project, perhaps for the Springtime. . We're keen on building a mini Japanese style soaker tub out of copper or wood, and are currently tub-less. Our original tub was unrealistic in size and required too much water, it WAS great to hold all the recycling as i pull every plastic and paper piece apart to separate it 🤣 For now, Addie is bathed in the kitchen sink and we run over to our families home (we share land) to shower and i enjoy a bath at my moms every week when i'm over there. . . #offgridbathroom #compostingtoilet #solar #tanklesshotwatertank #backtotheland #necessity #creaturecomforts

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❄FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS❄ Hey everyone! Did you know that the average person can gain 5-10 pounds during the holidays? MAINTAIN instead of GAIN by joining me through my activity advent. Let's coast into 2019 and make it the best year yet! #fitfortheholidays #naturalistcoaching #naturalistlife #naturallyyoung #maintainorgain #activityadvent #activityaday #holidayfitness #finishstrong #naturallyhealthy #naturallyinmotion #naturallyfit #backtotheland #naturefitness #workoutanywhere #yycentrepeneur #yycfitness #planksliders #plank #lakeofthewoods #kenora #ontario #lotw #lakelife #issacertified

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 15th because it's going to be a bonsai bonanza!🌲🌳🌴 • Join us for our first and only plant sale on select one-of bonsai pieces at reduced prices and pre-bonsai plant material in grow pots. We are cleaning house - greenhouse that is - for the season and these guys need a warm home for the winter. 🏠☃️ • Enjoy light snacks and sip on super premium sake provided by @sotosake while you browse the sale and our full collection of indoor and outdoor bonsai. • RSVP link in bio • LOCATION: The Bonsai Studio, 14 Clermont Avenue #1R , Brooklyn (next to Brooklyn Navy Yard) DATE: Saturday, December 15th from 12:00pm-5:00pm • • #holidayopenhouse #studiosale #nycbonsai #plantsale #groundyourself

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A little alpine love. I was encouraged to revisit this composition by fellow artist, Natalie @apple_tree_cat_studio. This is the fourth version of this idea so far. The first three were all quite small. So it was a real challenge to see if I could paint it larger. And I do love a challenge. . The most interesting part was seeing how my approach to the same idea has changed since the first one was painted three and a half years ago. A really good test I think if you're wondering in what ways your art has improved over time. . Have an awesome Friday everyone! . . . All artwork is for sale. Link in profile. @sagemountainstudio. . . If all goes well, this piece will be in the shop later today. Stay tuned. :-) . . #artinspiration #landscapepainting #alpineart #field #fieldpainting #landscapepainter #landscapelovers #mountains #mountainpainting #britishcolumbia #alberta #visitalberta #albertalandscape #bclandscapes #wanderlust #thegreatutdoors #themountainiscalling #getoutside #backtotheland #outthebackdoor #rurallife #ruralliving

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Most people often assume that bonsai is a type of plant that resembles the Juniper in this photo. This coniferous evergreen tree is commonly and traditionally used in the art of bonsai. What most people also mistakenly (and fatally) assume is that Junipers can live indoors when they prefer to be outdoors year round and require a dormancy period in the winter time. I blame the big box stores for this mess 🌲⛄️ • • #juniperbonsai #evergreentree #nycbonsai #winterdormancy #groundyourself

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Off grid heating solution solved!! We opted for a bigger wood stove instead of adding in a (slightly illegal and unsafe) propane heater like we initially thought... will get a photo once we all figure out how to get this 430lb stove inside 🤔😬💪💪💪💪🙏 We had the little Jotul CB 602 (like the little one on the left) in our RV we were in for 18 months prior to our cabin, and it's been heating our cabin since we've been here too. Wood is the most efficient heat source with our lifestyle, a $5 tree cutting permit will give us 2 cords of wood which will last about 3 months... and we'll never run out of it either! The trick is to have the wood stacks prepped before winter. Addie helped sweeten the deal with this stove by making pals with all the employees, we saved nearly $700 on a new floor model at Rona in Black Diamond 🤘👏 #offgridheating #backtotheland #sustainability #alternativeliving #offgridliving #jotulwoodstoves

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This sacred space holds a container for transformation. One year ago, @katbagley_lovesyou and I listened to the call of this land and signed on to be it’s stewards. This has been a year of growth, of gratitude, of resistance, of surrender, of blossoming. The vortex of this land won’t let you hide in the places where you are stuck. There is a constant call to raise your vibration and let go of old patterns. That can manifest in anything from difficult challenges to heart activating moments to energies of absolute elation. It’s how we direct these experiences and this knowledge that matters. I feel so honored to be here at this time. For all of those who have been a witness to this wild journey, thank you for your wisdom and guidance. We love you all and we are building this dream for everyone. This is bigger than us. @venusmoonranch

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This could be you 🍒🍇🍓 but you forgot to apply for my #wildfood mentorship program which begins NEXT WEEK! 🍐 Lucky for you, then, that I’m extending the application date right up to this FRIDAY, 12/7. After that I won’t be taking on any new students for the season. 🍊 If you’re new to foraging for wild foods, let me be your tutor and coach through the process of learning everything you need to know to make the most of 2019’s wild harvests in your region! 🍑 We’ll connect for 4 one-on-one tutoring sessions from Dec ‘18 through March ‘19, during which I will arm you with all the requisite knowledge to gather edible wild plants safely, responsibly and ethically, and we’ll map out a season-by-season game plan custom tailored to suit your specific needs and goals. 🍋 Perhaps most importantly, as your coach I will hold you accountable to this course of study, and keep you engaged from week to week so you’ll stick to it! 🍎 To learn more about how it works and submit your application today, scope out the link in my bio! 🍈 Here’s to a year of abundance in 2019! 🍷 (pretend that’s a wild fermented mead that I taught you how to make ✌️😋)

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Juniper berries. You know, “cedar,” as we call it in Central Texas. I made friends with it today and learned how to use it for medicinal purposes. 🌱 . . @leia_blooms hosted a beautiful workshop taught by the awesome @whitedeerapothecary. We learned the medicinal benefits of juniperus ashei, its history and discussed sustainable wild crafting. Then we picked berries (not really berries, but “fleshy cones!”), made gin, smudge sticks, and juniper salve, which is already a favorite in my house! . . What a wonderful group of ladies that got to share this afternoon. . . #herbalism #wildcraft #juniper #nativeplants #localharvest #healingplants #centraltexas #hillcountry #backtotheland

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When you spend your weekend with inspiring, heart-centered people....attend workshops on plant foraging and medicine, cacao ceremonies, breath work, primitive skills... get to jam with sound bowls and drums and flutes, sleep in a tipi, stoke a fire and connect with people and the land! The Nature Reconnection “Gathering” this weekend was something I’ll always cherish. ❤️ #nature #outdoors #earth #tribe #feels #connectingwithnature #breath #lightwork #stewardship #outdoorlife #california #naturereconnection #grateful #universe #gifts #thankyou #joinus #ground #backtotheland #healing

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Green Crack coming soon to a retailer near you! I’m super stoked with how this one turned out. The aroma and taste is earthy/sweet with a hint of citrus. So happy to be sharing this amazing strain with everyone! #caligrown #greencrack

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How to sum up 8,000 miles traveled in five weeks? Not possible. But I would like to share a few things I learned: 1. Trust your intuition, and act decisively when your gut tells you to. 2. Don’t assume that just because a thought arises within your mind that it necessarily originated with you. Your environment will naturally guide your thoughts and actions if you can quiet your ego long enough to listen. 3. You need even less than you think you do to be comfortable and satisfied. Once you’ve stripped away the excess, you’ll find even more to part with. And on and on. The monk who possesses nothing but a bowl is envious of the child who drinks water directly from her own hands, and with good reason. 4. When you are open and honest and intentional about the vibrations you put out into the world, you will be met with resonant frequencies that will allow you to harmonize like never before. 5. Personal connections are often stifled by expectations. Expect nothing, and everything you receive will be a blessing. 6. You can travel anywhere you desire, but the real joy to be found in a place comes from the people you encounter while there. Don’t hold back from expressing your truest self to them, no matter how scary. 🙏💚✌️

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A morning moon. I took this a few days ago. I remember seeing the moon on the east side of the house at night and then it was here on the west side in the morning. So cool. What an interesting shade of lavender in the sky. . Happy Monday Everyone. What are your plans for this week? I've been getting back into the studio again and starting to paint again after a bit of a break. Never forget to rest when you need to. I've barely had a day off in years and it's finally catching up to me. So now I'm listening to my body. . I'll show progress shots in my story today depending on what I decide to paint. Painting times are short, rest is long. . Be well everyone. . . . All artwork is for sale. Link in profile. @sagemountainstudio. . . . #morningritual #morningslikethese #communityovercompetition #takeyourcamerawithyou #breathe #choosejoy #mindfullliving #getoutside #backtotheland #rurallifestyle #outthebackdoor #rurallife #theartofslowliving #acolorstory #nothingisordinary #bedeeplyrooted

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I hope you don’t mind that we reposted this, @glacierrootsfarm. It’s such a lovely photo! #Repost @glacierrootsfarm ・・・ slow-paced saturday over here 🌥 we’re gearing up for some cold nights. wood chopped for us ✔️ heat lamp for chickens ✔️ #glacierrootsfarm #icelandicchickens #chickensofinstagram #heritagechickens #backyardchickens #chickencoop #pnwfarm #farmstead #familyfarm #familyfarming #homesteading #raisingfarmers #modernfarmer #backtotheland #backtoourroots #modernfarmer #washingtonfarm #startingsmall #smallscalefarm #3acres

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Would you like to MAINTAIN or GAIN over the holidays!?!? Join me in my ❄FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS❄ program!! Follow me through my advent demostrations to help you make some confident decisions to maintain a healthy lifestyle! #fitfortheholidays #naturalistcoaching #naturalistlife #naturallyyoung #maintainorgain #activityadvent #activityaday #holidayfitness #finishstrong #naturallyhealthy #naturallyinmotion #naturalistcoaching #naturalistlife #naturallyhealthy #naturallyfit #naturallynutritious #naturallyinmotion #backtotheland #naturefitness

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I am thankful to be selling Mud and Pearls calendars again at the Schoolhouse! My incomparable photographers @chezpotin @annabellezphoto and @ganglionh created a powerful story of the #hardworkingwoman #homesteading gals of #sierrafoothills . This creative project is so important to me. Being a part of telling the story of the strong women who are mucking stalls, raising children, canning food, running chainsaws, turning wood bowls, building houses, designing furniture, harvesting acorns- all the small, daily meditations and necessary tasks for our gorgeous material world in Northern California. The #northcolumbiaschoolhouse is the perfect place to launch the #2019calendar for this is the heart of #backtotheland people. This December, I will be donating $1 from every sale of the calendar to the #northsanjuanfire department in honor of my design mentor Clark Staves who passed and was scooped up by NSJFire and all those who have lost their homes. I miss being a firefighter so this the the little I can give to my community. #communityovercompetition #fire I couldn’t have made this happen (in fact, it was such a rough fall that I did very little) without the steadfast presence of @chezpotin @annabellezphoto @ganglionh making it come together. We hope to do an art show and event in Jan or Feb - I will keep you posted at #mudandpearls

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This is country food @ Goshen farm Aruba🔥🔥🔥, grilled okra and eggplant seasoned with chilli powder, cumin and sea salt simple and delicious and not slimy at all 😋 #backtotheland #okra

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Three more hams, smoked, sealed, and in the freezer... Now wishing I had a bigger smoker so I could do these all at once! Maybe next year 😊

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Lamby and Buttercup. Two of our seven goats!!!! We have breeding stock for both Nigerian Dwarf Goats and Angora Goats. The dwarf goats (Buttercup on the right) are some of the best milkers for their size, they're friendly, easy keepers and come in a range of colours. Angoras (Lamby on the left) are a light cream and provide some very luxurious fibre called mohair or diamond wool as it's unbelievably soft! The two we have (a breeding pair) are also basically wild but i'm sure their offspring if handled well will be friendly little kids! We have 3 nigerian does and 1 angora all hopefully pregnant now and due in over 4 months!! . . . #mohair #luxurywool #nigeriandwarfgoat #angoragoat #pregnantdoes #baa #selfsustainability #backtotheland

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Back by popular demand...POSSUM LIVING: HOW TO LIVE WELL WITHOUT A JOB AND WITH (ALMOST) NO MONEY is here! We’re so excited to reissue Dolly Freed’s minimalist classic at the start of the new year. 🌲 “If this smart, engaging, funny manifesto doesn’t make you want to quit the rat race at least a little bit, then you must be one big, fat rat.” —VICE 📖 “Compulsively readable . . . As the 18-year-old sage Dolly Freed wrote: ‘I refuse to spend the first 60 years of my life worrying about the last 20.’” —The New York Times 🌲 #slowliving #minimalistliving #possumliving #howto #backtotheland #dollyfreed

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Whether tracking wolves across the Pacific Northwest, or shepherding cattle across California’s coastal prairie grasslands, Doniga @dawn.again Markegard aims not just to tend the land but to become one with its inhabitants. Doniga’s 2017 memoir, Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild details all of the ways this intrepid tracker-turned-rancher has tackled the fundamental question of nature connection, from the tumultuous adolescence which led her to wilderness survival training, to professional wildlife tracking, to holistic land management, and eventually to the idyllic rolling hills where the Markegard Family Farm continues to grow and expand just south of San Francisco. She’s got a great story and a really unique perspective, and it was such a pleasure for me to be able to visit the Markegard’s ranch for episode 51 of the #GoodLifeRevival Podcast, to pick Doniga’s brain for the better part of an hour about life out on the coastal prairie. As you’ll hear, our conversation was recorded in two parts: I arrived in the early evening, and we sat down at Doniga’s kitchen table for the first half. Before sunset we took a break so Doniga could take care of evening chores with the animals, and by the time we were ready to start up again the family had gotten home and taken over the house, so we moved to the barn from there, and you’ll hear chest freezers humming behind us. In the first half we get a sense of who Doniga is and what she’s all about, and in the second half the conversation shifts focus to the hazy elephant in the room: the wildfire smoke that was blanketing the ranch and the entire region during my visit. Thankfully, despite the hardships Doniga had some pretty encouraging and optimistic thoughts to share, and that’s always a relief to hear from someone with boots on the ground doing the hard work of restoring land on a pretty massive scale. Stream or download the episode directly through the link in my profile, or find us on your podcast app of choice! Cheers!! - - - #regenerativeagriculture #bayarea #coastalprairie #donigamarkegard @propriometricspress #permaculturefarm #permacultureranch #holisticmanagement #holisticwellness

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🥚 Good News: Yesterday morning, we woke up to our first (that we know of) #RainbowEggs which were hidden in a wonderfully small and newly made nest 🌈 🥚 Not so Good News: Blue eggs seem to show up marks much more easily than the more traditional egg 🙈 We can’t wait to use these #FreeRange beauties in our creations 😍 happy Monday!✨ - #ChickensOfInstagram #SundayWellSpent #BallyhubbockFarm

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