Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Permaculture Design Courses

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Category : Enright Eco Village

There are two Permaculture Design Courses coming up, run by Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. They are Certificate programs that teach whole system design based on nature. If you have a project, program, or homestead with systems you are looking to improve, for a more nature based life, this is a great way to frame that process, all at once!

The Fall PDC starts Oct 21st, link to course info.

The Yearlong PDC starts November 12th, link to course info.

Both are largely the same subject matter, they just take a different form to accommodate for lifestyle needs.

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Living in Nature

Walking up Enright near the Earth Center entrance, I came across several dark caterpillars crossing the sidewalk. In previous summers (although it seems like it might have been early instead of late summer) I remember seeing such caterpillars devouring much but not all of the leaves of the catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) tree at the Earth Center. So I looked up, and sure enough the tree’s leaves are more than half eaten, covered by fat caterpillars. A few days later, there are no leaves left on the tree. I know that native trees, more than non-natives or aliens, provide food for our local insects, which have co-evolved with local plants over millions of years. Most of these plants can survive the leaf damage, which tends not to be too extensive. Although this catalpa tree has seemingly lost all its leaves, It is late in the season and based on the same tree in past years, I’m expecting its rebirth in the spring. In the process, the insects are a great food source for the birds. So we try to always plant native trees and shrubs in our yard and woods, enjoying the fact we are nourishing the web of life here on the ridge.

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September Ecovillage Tour

Category : Enright Eco Village

The September eco-village tour will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 to 12 AM.. It starts at the Imago Earth Center. The tour is $10 per person, free for Ecovillage residents and people they specifically refer. If you or someone you know would like to get to know more about the ecovillage (Enright, McPherson, Terry, W8th and Wells) it’s a nice way to spend a morning. Reservations Required: (513) 921-1932 or e-mail

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Strength in CommUnity

One of the ways we get to know new people is hearing their story. Our story makes us unique, and the way we tell it is a way for us to create our lives again and again. In a community like ours, sometimes we hear about someone’s story from others and we form an idea of who that person is or what values they hold. But something changes about our perception of others when we hear their story from them, in just the way they tell it.

For me, I can gauge my inner growth by how I describe my childhood. I used to use harsh, judgmental words, now I tend to use words that are more gentle and grateful for my challenging experiences. How I speak about my work or my children also tells me (and others) where I struggle or where I’ve found peace.

Telling our stories to each other is important in community and the board is interested in creating a way for us to share our stories in our words. Do you feel inspired by this or have ideas about how we can do this in community? Even if you just take a few minutes to tell your neighbor a little bit of your story, each time offers a new opportunity to rewrite how you see your past and your self.

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15th Annual Music In The Woods September 17th

Spend a spectacular summer evening in the Eco Village with Imago at the 15th Annual Music in the Woods. Enjoy local food and beverages, fun activities for the whole family, a silent auction filled with unique experiences, and of course great music… all while supporting Imago’s variety of environmental programs and preservation of urban nature.

Early Bird (through 9/16) – $20.00 Day Of/At the Door – $25.00 (online ticket sales will end at 11:00 am – tickets will be available at the door).  Volunteer Opportunities Available!