Seeds of Hope is a monthly open gathering that inspires, equips, and empowers participants to live into the vision of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet.
These gatherings are designed to:
Open our eyes, minds, and hearts to places where society’s paradigm of separation, domination and exploitation is creating pain, fear, anger, or suffering.
Develop awareness of our personal responses to disturbing information.
Move from reactivity to creativity, so that we can embody the change we wish to see in the world.
Support ourselves and others to live in active mindfulness, interconnectedness, hope, play, and joy.
For information about more upcoming Seeds of Hope events, return to this page for details...
Gatherings are generally held 1:30-3:30 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Meetings are currently being held online using Zoom.
All gatherings are free and open to all.
To receive future notices of our monthly gatherings or for more information, contact Dave Inglis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the archive:
How We Can Save Our Soil
Inspiration from local green thumbs
Resources & a Recording of June's presentations
Dear Friends of the Earth,
Seeds of Hope will be taking a break until September. But over the past two months we have put together such a rich list of resources for saving our soil, and we recorded our session on that topic. So whether or not you attended “How We Can Save Our Soil” on June 6, we are sharing our resources and the recording of the presentations.
On June 6, four local experts shared very practical, “down to earth” ways that we can build the soil in our own back yard, garden sustainably, reduce food waste to reduce big Ag’s toll on the environment, compost what we don’t eat, provide food and lodging to our threatened pollinators, and steward our lawns and gardens in ways that contribute to our local ecosystem instead of weakening it.
When we think of reducing global warming we don’t usually think of the humble soil we’re standing on, but it plays a mighty role in sequestering carbon and keeping the earth from overheating--if we know how to work with it. So even if your closest connection to the earth is raiding the refrigerator, there are things you can do to help save our soil. Peruse these Resources to Help Save our Soil. There’s something for everyone.
We also invite you to watch the Zoom recording of June 6th's Seeds of Hope presentations.
Before the recording started, we closed our eyes and imagined the land we each were on when it was being stewarded by indigenous people--its great forests and clear, sparkling water. We imagined seeing everything we saw as sacred, and every creature as our relation. We imagined being deeply grateful for all of it, and knowing that we are a part of it just as it is a part of us. Then we heard these words by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Native American author and teacher who lives in Syracuse:
Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.
As you listen to the presentations or explore the resources, let them help you bring you into this kind sacred bond--a reciprocal relationship in which your loving care of the earth is returned to you by the earth... as life, beauty, wonder, appreciation, and gratitude for being part of this web of life together.
Here’s a directory of the presentations in the recording:
0:00:16 - Peter Teall and Bob Palumbos talk about the why’s and how’s of reducing food waste, diverting it, and turning it into compost.
0:19:50 - Chante Ishta, an organic farmer, talks about growing food in cooperation with nature and how to build soil.
0:33:06 - Padme Livingstone, a longtime organic gardener, shows us her garden and shares what she has learned about building soil without a lot of effort.
0:46:40 - Finally, you won’t want to miss Master Gardener Megan Meyer’s beautiful presentation on how to feed and shelter our endangered pollinators in your own yard.