Hunger Free America- By: Jayde Gaines

I recently traveled to Houston, Texas for a Hunger Free America national conference. Hunger Free America is a not for profit organization building a bold, grass-roots, non-partisan membership movement in all 50 states.  Their goal is to enact the policies and programs necessary to end domestic hunger, and ensure that all Americans have access to nutritious food.   Continue reading

Strength in Community- By Jamie Gaines

In the past year, this column has covered many topics from resiliency and authenticity, to accountability and group sufficiency.  A common thread among these articles is a sense of the future that we as a community aspire to.  On February 4th and 5th the ERUEV Board had their annual retreat to begin to formalize, and the vision of our community into focus. Continue reading

Living In Nature- By Bill Cahalan

On a recent grey day I was walking past the old red oaks in Matt and Elaine’s yard, and saw how many acorns are still on the ground in January.  I reflected on the fact that even in the fall, when I pick up acorns (to plant in my tree nursery, or just to admire) I often find a hole in them from worms that have hatched inside, eaten their fill, and exited. Continue reading

February 24 is National CSA Day!


Join the movement of thousands of local food enthusiasts by signing up for an Urban Earth Farms CSA share.  Come celebrate Community Supported Agriculture with us as we ring in our 9th growing season at the 2017 Urban Earth Farms CSA DAY.  Receive a gift from our farm by signing up on CSA Day!

  • Friday, February 24 @ Common Roots
  • 3642 W 8th street, Cincinnati 45205
  • Sign Up & Information Sessions from 6 – 8 pm.
  • Community Potluck at 6 pm.

See our webpage for more info about the CSA or to Sign Up Online.  

Living In Nature

I’m walking north on Enright in the late afternoon.   I see two big red oak trees shimmering in the breeze a few hundred yards ahead, soaking up the sunlight from the west.  I have watched their lush green all summer and now the leaves are bronze.  The aliveness of the shimmering trees seems to reach out to me.  I pause and vividly imagine their breathing in concert with mine, and with the breathing of countless animals, plants and people.  I can also sense the trees absorbing the sun’s energy, and their roots drawing up water and nutrients. Continue reading

Permaculture Design Courses

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.

For more info email:


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.

September Ecovillage Tour

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

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.