How I became a Building Biologist, a niche profession focused on some contentious environmental health issues.
"Although it would be highly arrogant of us to think we could actually design ecosystems, we believe that we can create a balanced ecological agricultural landscape by allowing nature to return to the land." - Darrel Frey in Bioshelter Market Garden
Fellow hikers, does this sound familiar? I have certainly been there. Usually I love hiking. Being outdoors, observing the plants and animals, pondering the geology and topography - these things just make me happy. But occasionally I find myself on a hike that I'm not really enjoying in the moment. Maybe the weather is miserable [...]
"Our nervous systems are built to resonate with set points derived from the natural world." - Florence Williams, The Nature Fix
In her book the Nature Fix, author Florence Williams says that the Finnish recommend being in nature for 5 hours a month to reap health benefits. That seems like a pretty good thing to add to a New Year's Resolution list - just an hour and fifteen minutes a week spending time outdoors in a [...]
Even those of us who don't celebrate Christmas for religious reasons might still choose to enjoy the festivities of the season. At this time of year I enjoy taking some time to read about the pagan roots that lie behind our Christmas traditions. Since these roots came from rituals honoring Nature, it seems like a [...]
Home is not just the place that you live, it has a singular meaning and emotional status for us - it may conjure up smells, feelings, and specific memories. As a country, we Amercians tend to have a strange relationship with "home." Part of the American dream seems to have come to include constantly upgrading [...]