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Grow Create Inspire (PDF)
Crafting a Joyful Life of Beauty and Abundance
How can we embrace the absolute necessity of preserving and protecting the earth for our descendants, creating a future in which there is still clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe, and fresh, healthy food vital to human existence?
Grow Create Inspire is a rallying cry, itself an inspiration urging all of us to help fill the vital need for growth - not only of food, but also in the hearts and the minds of individuals around the globe. Focusing on step-by-step approaches to accumulating skills toward self sufficiency, Grow Create Inspire is a comprehensive guide to creating a beautiful, regenerative, and deeply satisfying life, covering everything from basic and more advanced growing tips, preparing and preserving harvest, and generally greening those aspects of life which bring about happiness, including, food, art, music, beauty, and time in nature.Increasing individual happiness ultimately leads to creating positive changes in our families and communities, and empowering others to do the same. Together, we can grow, create, and inspire a new world of beauty and abundance, while helping ensure our descendants can do the same in a healthy, vibrant world.
Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, have been managing La Vista CSA Farm for the past 6 years. As they operate on a shoestring budget, this forces them to find creative, cost-effective methods to improve soil fertility and plant health in order to boost crop yields. Upon their arrival at La Vista, they built vermicompost bins and added a mail-order bag of 250 worms which have multiplied by the hundreds of thousands since then. They have been teaching Vermiculture 101 workshops for several years, and have both completed the Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Master Gardener programs. Crystal is a blogger for Mother Earth News and contributes regularly to The Healthy Planet, Grit Magazine and Permaculture Magazine. She also hosts dozen of workshops on resilient living and teaches a summer gardening camp for kids.
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