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Debra Rienstra

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Farm Refugia and Church on the Edges

Twenty miles outside town, out among corn fields and orchards, we find the driveway marked by an unassuming sign: Plainsong Farm. As we pull in and park on the grass, I’m struck by how ordinary it all looks. Two farm…
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Shrub Whispering

When it comes to communing with other creatures, I’m not a very promising candidate. I talk to plants all the time, encouraging my flowers to grow, giving a “hey” to the trees in our yard, saying hello to the birds.…
Calvin University
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Riding the Winds

At one point, Trevor was down below looking for his GPS, foolishly leaving Ron and me in charge. Well, here comes a gust of wind. We immediately started rounding up and almost burying the rail.
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Meanwhile Messes, Meanwhile Graces

Meanwhile, healing takes a long time, and the first stages look like a mess. The grasses are scruffy, the trees old and some dying. Windthrow and snags are a key part of a habitat in equilibrium anyway, but seeing them…
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