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November 2, 2012

DIRT ON GARDENING: Animals are some of the busiest gardeners on Earth

God in his wisdom created the perfect plan for sustaining life on this earth by making gardeners out of all of us.

Humans toil to reproduce our food source each year by tilling the earth, planting the seed and reaping the crops it produces.

Our wildlife too, unwittingly (or maybe not), till the soil, plant the seed and reap what they sow.

Just watch the amazing activity of all the wildlife in their everyday life. They are constantly scratching or digging for food or plucking berries or fruit from a bush or tree.

Birds eat the seeds to sustain their life but in their lively activity also spread or drop seeds in other various places that will repopulate that species of plant life and on and on this activity regenerates all plant life.

Like a bird, a squirrel hunts for nuts to eat for nutrition and in the fall he too hunts voraciously for nuts to bury to sustain him through the cold winter months. Unknowingly (and maybe not) they are not all found and will sprout and grow into more trees to produce even more nuts.

Every living species has its own “God-given” plan to survive and they are very good at it, toiling endlessly day after day searching for food and unknowingly (or maybe not) by scratching, digging and planting have perfected their own sustainability.

Every form of wildlife has a different way to not only keep their species from extinction but in the process keeps many other forms of plant life from extinction as well.

The only time this is interrupted is by a natural disaster or by human error. This is why we, as humans, have a greater responsibility to protect some of the disappearing species that we find because each has their place in God’s plan.

Look at one of the efforts that have been saved from near extinction — our national symbol, the bald eagle. From a dwindling few they have been protected and now, with some help from us, have reproduced to the thousands. Spottings have even been found in our area, which is rare indeed.

Not all creatures are seed and vegetation eaters however, some are flesh eaters — but it all remains in God’s plan —- the weak are eliminated and the strong survive to complete the circle and build an even stronger species. All are interconnected in one way or another to repopulate the planet and sustain life.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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