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Lessons from Nature

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Nature teaches us many lessons. It reminds us that we need to constantly adapt to conditions, outside forces, and every day challenges in order to survive. She tells us that there will be a tomorrow, that good times will return, that there is a reason for the rain. Nature reveals to us that there is a cycle that life goes through and a reason for each season.

She tells us that there is beauty in simplicity. Nature is all around us, ready to teach, but many times we’re too busy with everyday life that we forget to tune in and hear what she may be suggesting.

As a society, we have gotten away from nature. We moved from an agricultural country to a manufacturing to a high tech world filled with gadgets. Yet the current season seems ripe for many to once again get back to nature and back to the land.

There is a growing desire to learn how to not only respect what nature offers us, but to learn from her, and to be in tune with her. From growing your own food, to composting, to preserving food, the time for getting back to nature is flourishing.

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This is why I enjoy working on the Farmers’ Almanac so much. For nearly 200 years, the Farmers’ Almanac has continued to publish stories, tips, and ideas on ways to appreciate, embrace, and coexist with nature.

The newest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, my 18th edited edition, will be released soon. I am very proud of the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac and believe you will enjoy it and learn from it. Some of the stories in this year’s edition include: How to have a nice yard without going broke; How to try meditation for relaxation; Tips and ways to can and freeze; Alternative heating options; and so many  more!

Summer is a perfect season to look around and take cues from nature. What lessons have you learned from nature? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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1 Ellen Blackstone { 09.04.13 at 11:27 am }

There is nothing like getting out in the fresh air, listening to birds, getting dirt under your fingernails. But if you *are* stuck in the office, check out BirdNote for two minutes of nature on your computer. Here’s a story about cardinals: and one about swallows getting read to migrate: Search for your favorite bird!

2 Brandon { 05.08.13 at 9:53 pm }

I have been watching nature water plants and have finally decided to start utilizing ‘ditch irrigation’ in order to more accurately recreate what nature does. In just a couple of short weeks I have already noticed a great and positive impact which has lessened my workload and given me more time to take other cues from nature, such as dealing with fall foliage.
Last autumn I started to observe how nature handled falling leaves, what it did with them, and how they might help or hinder future plant growth. To my astonishment, I saw that the leaves would collect around the bases of several of my plants, protecting them from the cold nights and extending my growing season a little. It was really a treat to be able to leave the foliage on the ground instead of wasting so much time raking it all into piles, and then to have the extra food to enjoy with the family.

3 Rhonda Lynn Dotson { 07.28.11 at 11:40 am }

Nature reminds us of the God who created it.
When the wind blows, it is the breath of God.
When the sun shines, it is the light of his Existence.
And every act of God is just that.

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