The learning and practice of new ways of perceiving and understanding nature are responsibilities incumbent upon all of us who desire to ensure a healthy future for the earth and humanity. This Calendar is dedicated to enhancing your capacities to know nature as well as benefitting your practical endeavors in agriculture. As its name suggests, the
Once again, the Calendar provides an introduction to basic astronomy and to the ways the cosmic rhythms can support your work in the garden and on the farm. It also offers a guide to following the movement of the planets among the stars in the night sky to awaken a feeling of personal connection with the heavens.
This year the section "How to Use the Calendar" has been updated, so I encourage even longtime users of the Calendar to read it again. For those with a scientific bent, there is an invitation to participate in an effort to coordinate some very simple gardening experiments. And the theme of getting to know the four ethers has been continued from last year.
Maria Thun, whose research inspired this calendar, died in 2012. You will find a fascinating account of her life and work in this issue.
The monthly articles offer an approach to deepening our relation to plants, to the element of water, and to the way we look at farm economics. Articles by people active in the permaculture movement demonstrate how we can learn from the relationships in nature to create healthier, more productive landscapes. And because the future of the earth will be entrusted to the sensibilities of today's children, I have included an article about what I consider to be essential, namely, programs to introduce youth to nature and to food production.