Why "Growing Edge?"

Earth Hey! Life is amazing and if you aren't paying attention, it just may be passing you by. Slow down! Observe what is around you. Plant a garden. Make your own food. Create Beauty.

Welcome to our blog. We love discovering what Earth has to teach anyone willing to be on the Growing Edge of life.

--Denise Rushing, New Story Center
--Loretta McCarthy aka EarthWalker, Soulwork Adventures

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A poem

Different Dreams

Google me and you might find
that I once sat behind a mahogany desk
In a corner office
with a view of the bay
I decided things of importance, and thought myself so
Ah, but wisdom found my hiding places
haunting me with dreams of twisting buildings and tidal waves
and earth shifting, opening wide the ground
beneath my feet.

Now, I spread straw in the orchard.

I harvest snow peas and snap beans and sage,
and create fragrant, savory soup from fresh kale.
Squash and tomatoes fill my baskets in summer
I am as morning mist descends from our mountain
and white pelicans ride gossamer threads
above our waters
I make clay pots,
and pray amidst dancing trees, listening
deeply called
to heal the land
from a wildness within me that doesn't decide
yet knows what it means to be in this place,
enchanted and magical, loving.

At night, I dream
different dreams.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What is Permaculture?

In practice, permaculture cultivates a way of being that tends to go much deeper than simply a system of ecological design. Somehow, by engaging with nature in intimate observation, we gradually become a part of the system and magically and necessarily engage in our own evolution and transformation.

The ethics, principles, and roots of permaculture practice, can go far beyond the garden or farm and into the invisible structures of our relationships with ourselves and others, as well as our community and organizational structures. By engaging in permaculture, one soon and eagerly applies the approach to other complex systems and challenges.

While Permaculture (permanent agriculture)  is essentially an ecological design framework for the garden or farm... once we begin engaging as nature does, in thoughtful observation, we discover that permaculture is much much more.
We enter into an unfolding of abundance... we improve our relationship with the land by observing and imitating nature.  We become part of the unfolding system and enter into a new way of being in the world.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A love story

I was reminded today of how very much I love this place and the people who live here.
This montage of photos is offered as a gift: in deep gratitude for what we have. The photographs were taken at or within a few miles of my home here in Upper Lake.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


I do not remember last spring. Or summer or autumn for that matter. It has been a very long winter --seems like a very long one indeed.

But we live in a Universe of renewal, and spring does eventually come, doesn't it?

I wrote this poem after a weekend of beauty here. And I, overcome by it.


VIolets and jonquils
celebrate sunlight,
Mint and Marjoram,
your new leaves
sing aloud!
so quick and fleeting…
Did you remember her promise?
(She said you would come!)
a glimpse,
unexpected, brought

Song of Joy,
I thought you would not find me!
You remembered
My fragile heart.
Thank you for being here,
Thank you, Thank you
For being.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is an ecological design framework inspired by living systems. The ethics, root practices and principles in permaculture can be applied to the garden, the farm, and indeed any living system including human structures.