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Would you like to help nurture and protect our home, Mother Earth, and our ability to provide healthy food for the future? 

Bringing people together as partners in this common goal, we can combine our resources (time, space, and money) to create sustainable gardens and ecosystems.  If you do not have the space (city dwellers, renters and such) or the time (due to travel, career, etc.), you can help financially support a sustainable gardening approach by becoming partners with people who are responsible guardians of the land (with “ownership” rights) willing to donate their time and space to plant trees and permaculture projects.  You can donate funds* to purchase trees and participate in planting a legacy

While it takes a relatively long while to reap what you sow from fruit and nut trees (versus instant gratification), they yield abundant harvests.  We can leave a legacy of abundance and nourishment when we choose to plant trees for the future and to foster a healthy relationship with the world that surrounds us and all the living things that we share it with.  We can show our gratitude for the amazing planet that provides for us by giving back, nurturing new plants and ecosystems, and learning to live in harmony with our environment.  We can also help reduce our dependence on imported food, big corporations, and the supply chain by ensuring a bountiful and diverse harvest from sustainable personal and community gardens.

If you enjoy the harvests of the land and do not have the time or place to plant more for the future, you can do so by donating funds* to purchase plants.

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You can learn more about permaculture and sustainable gardening here.

Initially, donations will fund projects on our small family homestead in the north Georgia mountains as well as friends and family across the country who own property and choose to participate in the planting.  All donation partners will receive an explanation detailing how their funding specifically nourishes the circle of life (information about plants purchased and planted along with supporting materials to help them flourish).  Once plants start producing (several years in many cases), excess produce may be offered at farmer’s markets and given to local food banks and families in need.

Click here to give now and start planting a legacy.

*Note: In an effort to get this site and idea shared in time for Earth Day, April 22, 2012 (only a few days after the initial thought struck!), an official non-profit organization has yet to be set up for tax purposes.  Therefore, all donations are considered as gifts (not currently tax deductible) until further research and planning can be done.  Hopefully, by next Earth Day, 2013, all the administrative details will be figured out and the anniversary celebration may include a true launch of the charity organization “Planting a Legacy.”  Please contact Julia at plantingalegacy@hotmail.com if you would like to join the network of land guardians/trustees to donate your time and space and receive plants from funds in the future (all plants and materials will be shipped directly to participants and paid for with donations in advance, thereby removing any financial administrative responsibility from the gift recipients).

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Imagine if all the beautiful Bradford pear trees blooming in the spring actually went on to bear fruit!  Imagine if more homes were surrouned by food not just lawns.  Imagine if more of the trees in parks and school grounds produced food.  Imagine leaving that kind of legacy.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~Nelson Henderson
The sustenance of our species and others’ is held in the seeds that survive from generation to generation. ~Maria Popova
Permaculture is a theory of ecological design which attempts to develop sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

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