Rabbit Holes no 17: Stories from the edges of regenerative agriculture

It’s been another groundbreaking week! We prepared sites at Salem-Panola and Hairston Libraries with Steve and Benny, two amazing people from the DeKalb County facilities team. With their help, we were able to clear the sites much faster than we originally planned. That’s what teamwork is all about.


Below you can learn more about the Clarkston and Stonecrest Library projects we’ve been working on, with photos and designs. We’re also working on profiles of some of the great people we’ve met along the way so far, because we think you should know these wonderful souls in our community!


If you’d like to get your hands dirty with us next week, join us at Salem Panola Library on Thursday, May 6 from 3-5 PM, and Hairston Library on Friday, May 7 from 3-5 PM as we install the initial planting for both sites.


See you in the garden!


Untouched nature was almost as rare 12,000 years ago as it is now


As early as 12,000 years ago, nearly three-quarters of land on Earth was inhabited and shaped by human societies, suggesting global biodiversity loss in recent years may have been driven primarily by an intensification of land use rather than by the destruction of previously untouched nature.


https://www.newscientist.com/article/2274704-untouched-nature-was-almost-as-rare-12000-years-ago-as-it-is-now/#ixzz6sgmDM1Va


Edge of the Abyss: Why Climate Migration May Lead to the Next Great Housing Crisis


Climate migration and gentrification will accelerate as the United States faces an accelerating sea level rise, more intense heat waves, wildfires, and even mega hurricanes, all worsened by a warming planet.


https://www.lx.com/environment/edge-of-the-abyss-why-climate-migration-may-lead-to-the-next-great-housing-crisis/35570/


Cities don’t just need parks–they need big, wild ones - Meaningful experiences of urban nature are linked to parks’ “wildness” - https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/03/cities-dont-just-need-parks-they-need-big-wild-ones/


When the Cellos Play, the Cows Come Home - A collaboration between a cattle farmer and a Danish music training program brings regular recitals to pampered livestock. - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/arts/music/cow-concert-scandinavian-cello-school.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage


Pacific Northwest’s ‘forest gardens’ were deliberately planted by Indigenous people


A new study reveals that isolated patches of fruit trees and berry bushes in the region’s hemlock and cedar forests were deliberately planted by Indigenous peoples in and around their settlements more than 150 years ago. It’s one of the first times such “forest gardens” have been identified outside the tropics, and it shows that people were capable of changing forests in long-lasting, productive ways.


https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/pacific-northwest-s-forest-gardens-were-deliberately-planted-indigenous-people



Scotland could become the world’s first ‘rewilding nation’. How did they get here?


Rewilding is based on the principle that nature knows best when it comes to protecting itself. To rewild our environment, we need to create the correct conditions. This can be done through actions like reintroducing species that have disappeared, allowing forests to regenerate and preventing the fragmentation of rivers.


https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/04/26/scotland-could-become-the-world-s-first-rewilding-nation-how-did-they-get-here



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