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Permaculture: Finding Our Own Vines and Fig Trees
by Carol Coston, OP (Adrian)
Co-Director of Santuario Sisterfarm
(Issue No. 2; August 2003)
Carol Coston, OP, tells the story of her own journey in religious life during the second half of the past century into an awakening to an ecological consciousness and ecospirituality. She describes “permaculture,” a term coined by Australian Bill Mollison in the early 1970s, as “an Earth ethic that embraces the inherent mutuality between the one who sits and the plants that provide in the Scriptural passage about the vine and fig tree.” Carol describes the way she is putting this Earth ethic into practice on a seven-acre farm in the Hill Country of south central Texas and through the nonprofit she co-founded and co-directs, Santuario Sisterfarm, which is dedicated to “cultivating diversity: biodiversity and cultural diversity.”

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