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While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about sowing seeds in a cold season on what is called marginal land. You can read "A Private Solstice ...
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A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature. Before we get to hedgerows' multifaceted functionality and usefulness, and why and how we should plant them, let's start with beauty, a quality not often associated with the mundane, anthropocentric landscapes ...
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“Farming with Native Beneficial Insects” Means Solving for Pattern
A necessary guide for anyone who farms, gardens or who wants to learn more about ecology-based land management Saying no to pink slime solutions Our culture is awash in pink slime solutions. If you’ve seen "Food, Inc.," you’ll recognize this as“solving” the...
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An Afternoon Walk Along the North banch of the Chicago River
Oaks, grasses and forbs at Middlefork Savannah. (Alex Wild) So there I was, alone, trudging along a path beside a small, slow river through the middle of a huge field of goldenrod, Silphiums, prairie sunflowers and asters all in full bloom, with big blueste...
So there I was, alone, trudging along a path beside a small, slow river through the middle of a huge field of goldenrod, Silphiums, prairie sunflowers and asters all in full bloom, with big bluestem and Indian grasses waving their distinctive seed heads. I was hot, thirsty, a little tired, and, ...
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Summer Notes: Birds, Pollinators and Prairie Flowers Ten Feet Tall
We are at the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, a time of warm weather but slowly declining light as the earth wheels toward the dark hinge of the year in late December. The summer has continued cooler than average. In fact, it's ti...
We are at the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, a time of warm weather but slowly declining light as the earth wheels toward the dark hinge of the year in late December. The summer has continued cooler than average. In fact, it's tied for coolest summer with 2009.
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Just What is a Hedgerow? A Few Notes on History, Form and Function
Part two of a series on the post-modern American hedgerow, a landscape form that offers benefits to humans and nature. Part one, “Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape” can be read here. Helping a landscape regenerate includes paying attention to old stori...
One of the books I keep by my bedside is a translation by Seamus Heaney of the medieval Irish classic, “Sweeney Astray.” In prose and verse it tells the story of Sweeney, the King of Dal Arie, who, falling afoul of the Christian Saint Ronan, is transformed into a sort of bird-man cursed to spend ...
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How I Kept the Solstice
Two deer blend  in with the woods near the Des Plaines River While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about ...
While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about sowing seeds in a cold season on what is called marginal land. You can read "A Private Solstice ...
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Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape?
Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape? Part one of a series on the post-modern American hedgerow, a landscape form that offers benefits to humans and nature. Working hedgerows and corridors A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits r...
A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature. Before we get to hedgerows' multifaceted functionality and usefulness, and why and how we should plant them, let's start with beauty, a quality not often associated with the mundane, anthropocentric landscapes ...
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Summer Notes: Birds, Pollinators, and Prairie Flowers Over Six Feet Tall
 See more at Illinois State Climatologist We are at the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, a time of warm weather but slowly declining light as the earth wheels toward the dark hinge of the year in late December. The summer has conti...
We are at the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox, a time of warm weather but slowly declining light as the earth wheels toward the dark hinge of the year in late December. The summer has continued cooler than average. In fact, this July is tied for coolest on record with ...
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