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Photos and Wrap-Up from Paradise Gardens and Farm

May 11, 2012

Iris Marie Bloom describes the scene from yesterday’s event in western Pennsylvania, “Protecting Paradise: A Declaration of a Farm Inviolate of Gas Drilling:”

Yesterday’s event at the Cleghorn Farm was even more moving, dramatic, spirited and well-attended than what we’d hoped for. Well over fifty people came and rode the tractor up the hillside. A sudden gusty rainstorm chilled us; 97 goats ran into the barn; hard wind blew the canopy away. We talked about sick people, contaminated water, and losses.

Later, when Stephen Cleghorn spoke the powerful and tender invocations of love for the land and his late wife Lucinda, the sun came out, the goats and kids returned to the hillside, and people remained for many hours afterwards building the movement in many ways.

  1. May 11, 2012 3:59 pm

    Beautiful! That land is now hallowed. It is a burial ground. It’s sacredness must not be violated.

  2. Faith Zerbe permalink
    May 11, 2012 4:11 pm

    than you for sharing these beautiful photos and sacredness of this special time in a special place with many wonderful and beloved people.

  3. May 11, 2012 4:45 pm

    We had some very understanding coverage from Channel 6 News and the Punxsutawney Spirit.

    Also, my full comments are available at:

    And the report we released on people harmed, sickened, dead and disappeared by gas drilling is there,too:

    Thanks to all who stood with me yesterday.

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