Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
—William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997
Soil “in good heart,”
as farmers used to say,
is the key to health,
both for ourselves and for the animals & plants on whom we depend.
—Harvey and Ellen Ussery
It has been said that organic matter in the soil consists of “the living, the recently dead, & the very dead.” The “living” portion consists of all the diverse forms of living organisms that make up the soil food web, but also plant roots themselves.