Nature's Friends
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Creation Care and Community Care

On June 15th, we began our preparation for the Cuba tour by discussing the permaculture ethics of caring for people and fair share. Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock did a wonderful job…Continue

Started Aug 13, 2015

The Gospel of the Garden
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When God coupled the earth with the breath of eternity, our souls and the soil were fused and our destinies perpetually intertwined. God with whom we live, breathe and have our being exists in Mother…Continue

Tags: agroecology, eco-theology, ecology, and, faith

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nature's Friends Apr 2, 2014.

Faith and Ecology

EPA Oral Testimony presented   February6, 2014      Washington D.C.My name is Rev. M. Dele and I am here as a steering committee member of Virginia's Interfaith Power and Light affiliate. We have…Continue

Started Feb 11, 2014

Microbial Wisdom
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 Do microbes find plants, or plants call for the microbes?UC Berkley on MicrobesContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Marie Jul 21, 2012.

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Profile Information

What is your usual occupation?
We are food producers, faith leaders, environmentalists, Afro/agro-ecologists
What is your permaculture experience?
living the experience
What networking conversations are of interest to you?
Resilience work that includes multiple disciplines
Which skills/experience are you willing to share with this permaculture network?
soil building, herbal, community building, spirituality

An Evolving Producer Cooperative

Our mission developing resilience competence in communities that need it most, so that we ALL adapt to climate changes with ease...

 

VISION

Abundance is our birthright as humans. Small businesses and community based organizations working together, produce and manage abundance at the local level. This prophetic work is intended to strengthen our competence in food sovereignty and water security so that we have abundance in times of famine.  Psalms 37:19

 

HOW WE DO IT

Natures Friends is a spiritually grounded global network of community based enterprises. We envision a worker owned cooperative to guide this work and would love for you to help build!

WHO ARE WE

Kaifa Anderson Hall

Elisa Wilkinson

Dennis Chestnut

Zandra Chestnut

Rev Dele

FARM COLLABORATORS

Black Dirt Farm Collective, lEastern Shore Maryland

Three Part Harmony Farm,  Washington DC

Ybor St. Garden Tarah Hines is a volunteer who helps this garden serve its neighbors as a place to create community. Through annual outreach events and monthly workdays, neighbors are engaged and food is distributed. Located on an old residential plot between two homes in VM Ybor, it's a small garden with a big reach. It's communal beds provide fresh and organic local food in a neighborhood where access is scarce. We are growing greens, sweet potatoes, and eggplants. Our goal is to foster a shared communal space that will educate and empower residents.

Black Oaks Center. Akin Carter co-founded this organization in a rural area outside of Chicago to educate people about resource depletion and climate change. They provide training in renewable fuels, farming, and construction. He currently lives on the 40 acres where farming occurs and most of the trainings are held.

Rockland Church Gardens  Lori Hylton coordinates this initiative of 9 Presbyterian churches in upstate New York that creates fellowship opportunities around gardening and sending produce to a food pantry serving the immigrant community. The Just Eating curriculum grounds their Bible study. The goal is for each church to have a teaching garden on their property that highlights unique social and ecological dynamics. The Palisades uses raised bed techniques while Germonds cultivates a 30x40 urban plot.

Pond Lily Farm   Anne Dickerson, certified organic farmer and herbalist, owns this commercial farm in rural New Hampshire and grows a wide variety of vegetables, garlic and medicinal herbs on 60 acres.  She has had up to 100 egg laying chickens, honeybees and raised pigs for meat.  She uses her own herbs and wild craft to make herbal preparations.  Anne is an IOIA trained independent organic inspector for the USDA and a master gardener..

 

 

  

Victoria Demonstration Site Under Construction

When you visit from the city

It is a place to disconnect from the electronic world and reconnect to natural sounds of  leaves in the trees, birds, and the restorative peacefulness of silence.

The house has a fun, meditative vibe, with all of our Spirit pouring out of the heart--no bottled spirit please. 

We reuse, recycle, repurpose. Work groups arrive on Friday before 6pm to allow for the rest and work balance we like to maintain. Please bring a water bottle you can refill. Our kitchen is vegetarian, we use cloth napkins and plates...

We don't smoke in the woods because we don't want to set them on fire.  We don't smoke in the house because we love the fresh air the trees make for us. But we'll show you one place on site where you can do that if you need to.    . ...

We practice creating a place where everyone cooperates so that things will be "on earth as it is in heaven".....

History

May 8, 2013                  Permaculture Design Certification Course

                                            College of William and Mary , Williamsburg, VA

March 5, 2013              Pilot for Sunflower field school begins

                                             Plymouth Congregational UCC Church, Washington DC

June 25-29, 2012       Creation Care camp module-- ages 6-12

                                       St. Paul's Baptist church, Destiny Child Care,  Richmond, VA

July 23-27, 2012         Urban Farm camp module --ages 8-15

                                       St. Paul's Baptist Church, Destiny Child Care, Richmond, VA  

March 2-13, 2012       Permaculture Design Certification Course

                                       George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia       

April 30th, 2011          Nature's Friends Day --an earth day activity for youth with 

                                        eco-stations, songs and refreshments

October 4, 2009          Victoria Centennial Celebration--hands-on environmental

                                       education activity on the Nature's Friends demonstration site

This effort began with a week long environmental arts camp for middle school aged boys at a campgrounds named Nature's Friend. Seeing how quickly the youth matured with the help of 80 acres of nature made me want to do full time ministry in nature. 

Nine months later, 30 Common Ground volunteers remediated the toxic soil of our post Katrina healing arts center with permaculture practices. This added a whole new dimension to my 36 years of herbal medicine experience.

There was so much laughter and bonding...These two watershed events confirmed for me that we need nature to heal our soul, just like nature needs us to heal her soil.

With the closing of the campgrounds, I obtained permaculture certification, and Nature's Friends work continues for another generation.

We are greening the next generation and reminding the rest of us that we all are Nature's Friends...........peace and blessings!  

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Saving Cuba's Sustainable Agriculture

Cuba's sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw



Miguel Altieri, University of California, Berkeley



President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can…

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Posted on April 18, 2016 at 7:43am

Grow More Food in Less Space

Growing a Nutrient Packed Garden in Less than 1000 Sq. Ft      Bountiful Gardens Website also has numerous farming…

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Posted on November 10, 2015 at 2:00pm

RECIPE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBES you can make yourself

Compost, Fungi, Rehabilitation, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation — by Niva Kay February 4, 2012

Many have heard of EM mixtures, sold worldwide with cultures of effective microorganisms, that due to their symbiotic relationships with each other can benefit the microorganisms’ ecosystem in our soils, compost piles and toilets. They are known to boost yield and speed the…

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:53pm

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At 7:49am on September 5, 2012, Nature's Friends said…

Rev. Dele learned organic gardening in the student community garden plots at UC-Riverside from 1976-1980. Her study of medicinal herbs also began at that time and continues today with the Southside Virginia Herb Society. Her permaculture initiation occurred during her ministry’s Katrina response work with a bio remediation project. In 2010 she earned a certificate in permaculture design and began teaching permaculture in 2011. Well versed in interfaith leadership, Rev. Dele believes all human beings are called to “serve the land and preserve it”.

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Certified permaculture designer

Certified special educator

Ordained Christian minister

 
 
 

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