Taking Root

It takes time to know a place. One year ago I relocated to the Oconee watershed near the fall line. In that time I learned to pay attention to strong winds, the sounds of wild and domestic animals, the rhythms of biting insects. I learned about the heat and humidity of summer, the cold and wetness of winter, the shortness of spring and the splendor of fall. I learned when wild elderberry flowers blossom, when to gather from pear and pecan trees, and the value of watermelon on a hot humid day.

Recently, I looked out my window and realized I knew something about the bark, branches, needles, cones, and sap of the pine tree. Its uses for lumber, bedding, mulch, fragrance, and medicine. It came with a small sense of belonging in this place but moreover, I felt a vast expanse knowing there so much more here than pine trees.

There’s much to learn about this watershed and living increasingly unplugged in it.

About Mujahid

Mujahid stewards 30 acres of woodland in the Ogeechee watershed in Middle Georgia and lives on a smallholding raising chickens, goats, ducks, bees, and tending a small kitchen garden and plant nursery.

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