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Caretakers over Earth
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We were made caretakers of the earth in the Garden of Eden; however, since that time, the earth has suffered in two ways: spiritually and physically.  In spite of this, every day dawns as a new opportunity for each of us to make a positive difference in the recovery of the air, water, and other vital essentials in our world. Along with guidance and encouragement on how to protect our health and our relationship with our Lord, we need to support and guide each other on how to improve our environment and prevent further damage to God’s creation.  

God graciously created the beauty of the mountains, the waves of the sea, the glorious trees, and the pure, fresh air: everything in perfect balance to provide a healthy, happy life for man. He then placed man as caretakers over His grand creation. Although it has been marred, we can still see God’s greatness in the brilliant stars and the towering redwood. We can hear it in the serenade of the birds and the roar of the waterfalls. We can smell it in the spray of the ocean and the blooms on the apple trees.  

No one wants to lose any of these blessings, and we believe that God is pleased when we take our job as caretakers seriously, but with the problems we see in the environment, where do we begin? Our family chose something simple, which needed no special equipment, even the smallest child could get involved: We started recycling.

Started Slowly

We started slowly. In the beginning we recycled glass, cans, and newspapers to our local recycling center. Next, we added plastic containers, plastic bags, and junk mail. Last of all, we have added peels, scrap fruits and vegetables, napkins, and paper towels as compost to our vegetable gardens along with grass clippings and ash from our wood stove.

Because we live in the mountains and have black bear, bob cats, mountain lions, raccoons, as well as our friend the skunk who follow their nose to any good food, we cannot create a compost pile as many gardeners do, so we improvise. We have a container for the collection of food scraps, napkins, and paper towels and a container for the ash. Every few days we bury them in our gardens.

When we first began, the soil was orange clay that drained very poorly and hardened over preventing good air and water circulation; a very poor soil for vegetable gardens. Now it is rich, dark soil that provides tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, cucumber, squash, beets, Brussel sprouts and many other healthy foods.

All of us can be involved, and do our part as caretakers of the earth.

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