Learning to Identify and Care for St. John Trees and Plants
“Trees are sanctuaries….Whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They preach the ancient law of life…. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us:
Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. …
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. When we have learned how to listen to trees, then …our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. “
From Hermann Hesse, Trees: Reflections and Poems
This is a project designed to raise awareness among UUF members and the broader St. John community about the important ecological (and spiritual) roles of common trees and plants, while also providing useful information about growing edible fruits and preserving valuable species. It is supported by a grant from the VI Department of Agriculture’s Urban and Community Forestry program..
– Mobilizing volunteer participants to learn about, report on and photograph one or two individually selected local trees and plants throughout the year – including, if possible, photos of the bark, leaves, flowers, pods and fruits, as well as any birds, pollinators and other creatures interacting with the trees and plants;
– Consulting with experts who can answer questions about tree and plant identification and care;
– Posting information and discussions (plus reflections and poems) on Facebook and the UUF website;
– Holding public meetings to share information;
– Publishing a printed tree guide booklet for distribution; and
– Putting up signs to identify particularly valuable or interesting trees on St. John.
We hope that members of the UU Fellowship and other St. John community members will enjoy participating in this new project.
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For Further Information Please Contact:
Suki Buchalter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 340 642-3739
Gail Karlsson, email@example.com, 340 513-9255