Jacob Evald Moreno was honored in being designated a new Steward of SpiritBearArtFarm this past August in an all day ceremony and celebration. Jacob has been coming to the farm since he was 6 years old. He has participated in the building of the land, the conservation of the ponds, the annual beach cleanups, and the care and nurture of the animals that share the land. He has seen the building of The Stones, the Meditation Walk and the various paths and resting places. Jacob helped in the planting and watering of the many new trees on the property and the restoration of native plants at the Big Pond and was part of the building of the new Art Studio. In addition to ecology and conservation, Jacob is deeply interested in Apple computer technology, film and music. He is an avid kayaker and bodysurfer.

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Research by Andrée Mathieu
kaitiakitanga.net

New Zealand is all nature! Imposing, generous, extravagant nature! It looks as if the Creator had made this land into a vast workshop where He would have built a sample of all that we can find on this planet: never ending beaches, mountains of all sizes, plains as far as the eyes can see, volcanoes among which some are still active, glaciers, rain forests worthy of the most beautiful cathedrals, cheerful rivers, abyssal gorges and spectacular lakes nested in wonderful massifs. And what about the vegetation? All tones of green are delicately punctuated by seasonal flowers. When the sun comes down on the horizon, nature seems lighted from within. It's magic! Its no surprise that the environment dwells within my thoughts...

For Maori, protecting the environment takes on another dimension; they are the kaitiaki of their land. This Maori concept of kaitiakitanga should inspire anyone who is interested in sustainability. But to really understand the meaning of this word, one must understand the holistic world view of the Maori. For them all is interrelated: the divine and the human, the living and the inanimate. It is impossible for me to describe their vision in its fullness within these few lines, and I certainly don't claim to do it on their behalf, but I will all the same try to tell you how I understand that concept of kaitiakitanga after three months in New Zealand. We must first go back to their founding myths, but here I should make a point. The Maori I met don't like anyone referring to their gods using the word “myth”. Speech originates in Io, the supreme god, and the Maori consider that their history was told to them through oral transmission since the beginning of times.

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Scientist at Work: Diana Beresford-Kroeger
New York Times

MERRICKVILLE, Ontario — Diana Beresford-Kroeger pointed to a towering wafer ash tree near her home. The tree is a chemical factory, she explained, and its products are part of a sophisticated survival strategy. The flowers contain terpene oils, which repel mammals that might feed on them. But the ash needs to attract pollinators, and so it has a powerful lactone fragrance ...

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