Opening doors and hearts to nature

White said a change isn't going to come from the government so ith as to come from the individual people who want to make changes to their own land, environment and life. That's where the free classes come in. There's a sign out front that advertises various classes offered throughout the winter and summer. There's hands on gardening, how to preserve food and presentations that focus on emotional freedom. White said she wants to reinstitute the skills that have been lost over the years.

"It's so empowering to walk out the front door and have a culinary herb garden right there where I can pick my herbs and bring them inside to make tea. It's so simple and isn't new, this is the way I've lived all my life and I'm finding people want to know how to live that way again," said White. "The skills and knowledge have been lost and it's not a criticism, but people just haven't been taught to think about these things."

Living through the Earth means more than just growing food and avoiding pesticides and fertilizer. There is no lawn because that disturbs the natural ecosystem, said White, and the pond is completely natural. Because of this, enough animals to fill a small zoo share their living space"deer, ducks, woodchucks, birds, squirrels, woodpeckers, chipmunks, Canadian geese and occasional appearances by some special friends.

"We watched a beautiful weasel walk by our toes when we were sitting on the porch one day and a falcon comes to watch the birds at our feeders. Sometimes a coyote will wander through and a beaver just moved in this fall we see footprints and streaks their tails make in the snow around the pond," said White. "We've never been bothered by bugs because of all the frogs, snakes, bats and birds that eat them. People don't understand the balance and how we throw it off all the time without even thinking."

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