Goal 5: "To work towards creating a sustainable, equitable, and nurturing society within our bioregion, recognizing our linkages in space between rural, suburban and urban life--and in time between our bioregion's past, current and future generations. We seek to foster egalitarian modes of organization to achieve our goals, promoting community among our members."

"The elders were wise. They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too." Chief Luther Standing Bear - Lakota Sioux

"I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself." Lone Man (Isna-la-wica) Teton Sioux

The Need: As our city lights become brighter than the night sky, as our food comes from continents away, and is often modified not by evolution's careful processes that extend over geological timescales, but by complex chemical and biological transformations that evolve daily to meet short-term marketing goals, retaining an awareness of our place and role in the living web becomes increasingly challenging.

CHEARS Approach: Through CHEARS projects we seek an economic system and life style that recognizes the full value of our choices, fostering sustainable homes, jobs, businesses, food, and transportation in our bioregion, meeting our needs locally and environmentally, and in fair trade with other bioregions. We seek a human society that recognizes the rights of the other species, with whom we share the earth, understanding that we are all part of the same web.

CHEARS Current Societal Activities: Some ways in which we hope CHEARS will contribute to achieving its societal goals are: 1) Sponsoring Earth Bonding nature activities seeking to help reconnect participants with the natural world around them; 2) Incubating a permaculture eco-friendly landscaping co-operative; 3) Sponsoring joint activities actualizing linkages between those living in urban, suburban and rural areas of the watershed; 4) Co-sponsoring future educational workshops on building local sustainable economies and communities; 5) Working to structure and operate the CHEARS non-profit according to a non-hierarchical partnership inclusive model that fosters community among its members.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Volunteer to Help Organize, Lead or Participate in Any of the Above!!!! All of CHEARS activities depend on volunteers to implement. If you would like to help with any of the above projects, or have other ideas for projects--- Contact for more information.

  • Donate Money or Other Types of Support: CHEARS is dependent on donnor support for its work and financial support is needed. In addition, we collect used computers and software for local students. We are hoping to provide each student in the Earth Scouts/Tutoring program with a recycled computer with educational and environmental education software. If you have a working computer with a CD drive that you would like to donate (laptops or desktop), please contact

  • Attend: Our next workshop or event!

Contact: Kimberly Walsh

Lincoln Smith, and Maggie Cahalan, 2021: Grafting with Lincoln Smith. CHEARS Invitation, Feb27 2021. (Distributed) [Abstract] [Full Text (PDF)]

Lambright-Davis, Carolyn, Cahalan, and Maggie, 2021: Aug-Sept 2021 Invites to Poetry, Healthy Food, Fall Gardens, CHIO-SQ Seed Orders. August 2021, September 2021 Constant Contact email announcement. (Distributed) [Abstract] [Full Text (PDF)]

Lambright-Davis, C., and M. Cahalan, 2021: Thank You Greenbelt and COVID 19 Update From CHEARS. Greenbelt City Council Meeting, Nov 23 2020. (Presented) [Abstract] [Full Text (PDF)]

Margaret Cahalan, 2021: Three Types of Winter Sowing and Solstice Celebration. December 21 2021. (Accepted) [Abstract] [Full Text (PDF)]

Cahalan, Margaret, and Lincoln Smith, 2021: PASA Alley Cropping Preliminary Concept Designs. Prepared for Meghan Giroux, PASA Alley Cropping Project expert consultant, November 2021. Partners include: CHEARS/Many Streams Farm; School of Living Heathcote/Oberon Farm; Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance, and Forested.. (submitted) [Abstract] [Full Text (PDF)]

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