Greeting new comers! My name is Ashley and I am the first founder of the OEP. The idea came to me one day that I wanted to start something, but it had yet to take shape beyond a name. The Old Earth Project felt like a really fitting title; because I wanted you to read it and think of the giant old trees in the woods, the warm, dark, dirt in your garden, and the certain wildness that has existed long before our “modern” society. It was never created to be a dig at modern things; I love my wifi and smart phone…it was more that I didn’t want them to be forgotten. There exists in our world the potential for a coexistance between the old and the new. I simply want to correct the idea that the old becomes obsolete as we move “forward” (sometimes I’m not sure forward is the right word…).
I grew up running barefoot and climbing trees, with wild hair and endless energy. My Great Great Grandma Bee and Great Grandma Charlotte taught me how to plant seeds, snip beans, shuck corn, and can tomatoes. My Grandpa Dave taught me how to spot deer, identify trees, pick apples, peel any kind of fruit, and make maple syrup. My Uncle Matt taught me how to shoot a gun, start a fire, drive an ATV, worm a hook, and have aaall kinds of fun. My Grandma Linda taught me all the different kinds of birds, showed me how to work a sewing machine, rip a seem, make a great pot of sauerkraut, how to upcycle and thrift shop, all kinds of crafts, and how to be optimistic. My Mother homeschooled me, and took me on wonderful field trips. She took her time teaching me about monocots and dicots, how to use a computer, the War of 1812, the wonderful world of books and reading, and how to think outside the box. Through her I gained a passionate love for music (not to play or sing, but to love and listen), and I’m so thankful she gave me the freedom to be myself. I am so blessed and fortunate to have such a wonderful background and upbringing carrying me forward. I want to share those experiences, and that knowledge with those who want to learn. For me, nature is a spiritual and physical experience; despite how many people might take that statement, I’m a very down-to-earth, easy-to-talk-to person 🙂 I like talking to trees, I feel bad when I step on a bug, I believe in eating organic, I’m against GMOs, and I give thanks to Creator everytime I pick herbs. I also like android smart phones, I spend way too much time on Facebook, coffee is amazing, I watch anime, read mangas, love Harry Potter, aaaand…you get the point 🙂
The OEP was designed to be an evolving project. Something that could grow and evolved based on what people brought to it. Right now it’s just a blog, a website, and a facebook page with a few events under its belt…but I have plans 😉 I want to offer help to communities who want to start gardens but don’t know how, do projects for children to get them interested in nature and where their food comes from.. I want to take groups on hikes and teach wild edibles, herbs, and teas. Camping trips where you can learn to make lean-tos and start fires. So far I have a great team who all have different specailities to offer. In the future I want to create a variety of resources people can use to learn from. All in the hopes of keeping Old Earth knowledge alive and well in the new world. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site; we hope that you will stick with us into the future! ❤ ~ Ashley