Heidi Barr

"Go lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. Come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. Come into the presence of still water and feel above you the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time rest of the grace of the world, and be free." -Wendell Berry (adapted)

Heidi Barr lives near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota with her husband and daughter where they tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. She is committed to supporting ways of being on the earth that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet.

More of Heidi's writing can be found at Embody Abundance

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Active Hope

Nov 16

Active Hope

The words that describe what’s happening on the planet earth right now are many, and they don’t always make you want to jump for joy or sigh in relief.   There is certainly goodness and that which is worthy of gratitude alongside the parts that make you want to scream in frustration or shake someone.  But these days, sometimes it’s hard to notice the good stuff.  Or...

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Transition Pay

Oct 21

Transition Pay

Wednesday this week started as a great day. Eva and I usually spend Wednesday mornings together, and after getting up we went over to a local café that’s perched on the banks of a waterfall to meet a friend who’s just relocated back to our area. Then we headed south to Stillwater to drop off a book I recently published at a bookstore to see if they want to stock it,...

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A Beautiful Life: The Whitman Family’s Story

Sep 15

A Beautiful Life: The Whitman Family’s Story

I met Kenton Whitman last summer in the middle of the woods in western Wisconsin.  We had both signed on to help a local herbalist put together a “back to nature” festival and were meeting up at the site to discuss details and tour the grounds.  He and his intern at the time, Brett, pulled up in a van shortly after I did, and when we all came together in...

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Aug 29

Tiny Beautiful Things

Cheryl Strayed wrote a book a few years ago called Tiny Beautiful Things – It’s a book based on her stint as an advice columnist known as  “Sugar” and it’s full of people sharing their heart wrenching experiences and asking advice.  It’s full of stories about the things that make being human so hard, yet at the same time, can hold...

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From Calendar to Cookbook: The Evolution of Prairie Grown

Aug 04

From Calendar to Cookbook: The Evolution of Prairie Grown

About five years ago, I got the idea that it might be fun to make a seasonal calendar of farm photos for my family who had just ramped up their gardening game, offering a small CSA to the community and getting back into farmer’s market selling after some time away.  And then for awhile I thought that instead of a calendar, maybe I’d make it into some...

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