Sharing stories of our connections to the land in the San Pedro River Valley.
“We cannot restore the land without restorying the land.” — David Abram
Lillie Bennett Finch’s daughter, Sharon, visited Cascabel in February 2015. We showed her where her family homesteaded; she showed us the people who have shared the land we care for. It was a full day of hiking, talking, and potlucking.
Hot Springs Wash, on Saguaro Juniper land, is a busy corridor for animals moving between the San Pedro River and upland areas. Mick Meader shares an encounter he had with a group of four-legged travelers in the wash. Mick is a member of Saguaro Juniper and a Cascabel landowner. He mentions in the story two people who are no longer with us, Richard Holmes and Judith McBride. Judith passed away in August, 2014.
Lillie’s father build their house and dug the well by hand. She shares more memories in Sue Newman’s article in the latest Cascabel Newsletter.
The 25 years many of us have been in Cascabel seem like a long time to us, but people have lived in our valley for thousands of years. Lillie Bennett Finch lived on our land in the early 1900s. She shared her stories with Tom; Sue Newman made them available in the Cascabel Newsletter.
Our friends at Saguaro Juniper raise grass-finished beef, but their cattle are more than livestock. The animals provide a connection to the land, which enriches all our lives. Every member of the herd has its own personality and we become fond of each one. When a new calf had a rough start in life, his human friends sprang into action. Sue Newman told the story in words and photos for her granddaughter.