Connect with Nature

21 Mar 2017
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Spring Equinox: New Beginnings

The first day of Spring is here and with it all the possibilities of a fruitful growing season! Now is the time to dust off your gardening books, pull out your seed catalogs and deep dive into garden planning. Seeds are the perfect metaphor for spring. Every seed holds within it the potential of a…

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15 Mar 2017
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Notes From the Road: A Rich History

The Peopling of the La Cienega Area A few weeks ago, Sunrise hosted a presentation of local history by Mike Taylor, Lolly Martin, and Marcos Rosacker who discussed the history of the area from several perspectives.  Mike, Lolly and Marcus are friends who share a passion for the history and traditions of the La Cienega…

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6 Mar 2017
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Hiking, Owlets and More!

Last April I was honored to be selected as the first, and currently, only guide in Sunrise Spring’s walks and hiking program. Eventually I expect we will have multiple guides but I was brought on board to get the program up and going. You can read more about my background in outdoor sports and activities…

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1 Mar 2017
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Notes From the Road: Organic Farming in La Cienega

Community News The Green Tractor Farm in Lower La Cienega is under new ownership, but the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. In 2000 Tom and Mary Dixon left their successful construction business behind and started Green Tractor Farm on five acres of land that Tom grew up on. The farm is named…

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24 Feb 2017
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Inspired Indoor Greenery

Winter can feel long at times. It can be easy to begin to yearn for the greenness of plants and the vivid colors of flowers. But why wait for Spring when you can integrate a few plants into your home or office right now? Beauty with Benefits A cheerful plant in a sunny window offers…

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20 Feb 2017
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Notes From the Road: Remembering Conrado

Community Memories In 1987, my former wife Becky and I and moved with our our two daughters to house we built here in La Cienega. Someone recently described it as “the first house on the right, past the cows, on Paseo C’de Baca.” We had purchased the 1 ½ acre piece of land with an…

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23 Jan 2017
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Cultivating your Inner Garden

Winter is a time to turn inward. The leaves have fallen to the ground and the last blossoms faded long ago. It is a time when we contemplate the quieter points of life and slowly await the melting of the snow and the rebirth of the landscape. Winter is also a time of seed catalogs….

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16 Jan 2017
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Remembering the Magic

As children, we know the world is alive and full of magic. We know without a doubt that there is life to be discovered around every corner. Each flower, leaf, and tree seems to be inhabited and reaching out. But somehow as we grow older the magic seems to fade bit by bit. There are…

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