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Colorado River Basin Semester

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Personal Land Ethic

Madeleine Verity, Participant

Coined by Aldo Leopold in ‘A Sand Country Almanac’, the term ‘land ethic’ defines a set of cohesive ideas that guide how people should interact with their natural environments. The past 10 weeks have given me a foundation of......Read More

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Uprooted

Bailey Walker, Participant

Within the Sonoran Desert, we are in a place of migration. Birds overhead flock to warmth and water. Snowbirds from the north load up in RVs searching for rare gems and warm nights. Migrant laborers come in buses dressed head to toe in clothing......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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My Cultural Landscape

Penelope, Participant

The place I live in is a place of recreation and consumption. My family contributed to that in terms of serving the people who come to consume. My cousin is a ski instructor and I’ve grown to love skiing but in a sense, developed a......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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What I have seen

Annabelle, Participant

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds, of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees.”......Read More

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Silence of the Lambs

Isabella, Participant

The time is 2pm and Lorelei and I are currently preparing an oregano lamb rub. Once we are finished, we will bring it to our firepit and lather it on the lamb which we just skinned this morning. This is the first time I have fully prepared the meat......Read More

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Page to Yuma to Tucson

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family,  I have an update and photos to share with you of the group’s recent travels. Despite being in more “frontcountry” settings this past week they have still not had much service in the vast southwest. We hope to share......Read More

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Zoom with former Acting Director of ICE

RGS Crew, Participant

With the Rio Grande flowing behind us on Freshies Farm we were given the amazing opportunity to chat with former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama administration John Sandweg. While there were very......Read More

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Semillas

Zack, Participant

My friend Armando Lopez runs a reforestation nonprofit called the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, Guatemala. We often bring Dragons groups to his farm to learn about the work he and his family are doing to preserve the forests of......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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First Day at Freshie’s

Isabella, Participant

Hello from Freshie’s Farm! This morning I woke up to the crisp smell of a cold sun rise. It felt like a dream when I unzipped my frosty tent in the middle of the orchard. Our host, Chris and Taylor Bassett and their two kids Luna and Beau, have so......Read More

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Earth Mountain Excursions

Isabella, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi y’all! Isabella here coming to you from New Mexico. Yesterday we left the snowy land of Colorado to a SLIGHTLY less snowy area outside of Las Vegas. VEGAS BABY. We are planning on gambling all our food budget this week. Jokes, jokes. There is......Read More

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Happy Halloween!

RGS Crew, Participant

Happy Halloween from Freshies Farm in Velarde, New Mexico! We arrived here this morning and are excited to spend the next week learning about the ins and outs of the farm and the local area. Here are a few photos from our pumpkin carving adventures......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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yurt go hard: a story of resilience

Mae, Participant

Hello outside world! It’s about time I did one of these. A few days ago we were snowed into a yurt on an educational permaculture farm. Is that not the most niche thing you have ever heard? I personally was not expecting to wake up at five in......Read More

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Hello Arizona!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

I want to send you all a quick update that the group has crossed into Arizona. Yesterday they toured Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell to learn more about water infrastructure and they will be spending the next few days with Rocky Mountain Seed......Read More

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Farewell to Earth Mountain

Instructor Team, Participant

One of my favorite parts of leading courses with Dragons is our faith in a flexible itinerary. The belief that opportunities for greater depth and learning sometimes arise spontaneously and should not be sacrificed in the name of a more rigid plan......Read More