Jane's Walk: 200 Years of Transportation History on the Farmington Canal 

Saturday, May 4, 10 AM - 12 PM

NH Independent Report on Shoreline Greenway Walk

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Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice

New Haven Bioregional Group
Connecting New Haveners 
to Their Life-Place
Since 2005

 Jane's Walk: 200 Years of Transportation History on the Farmington Canal 

Saturday, May 4, 10 AM - 12 PM

Meet at William Lanson Statue (Next to Yale Health Center)

Join New Haven Friends of the Farmington Canal Greenway and the Bioregional Group on May 4 for a guided tour of Farmington Canal history as part of "Jane's Walk," a statewide program of guided tours taking place May 4-5 to celebrate the birthday of legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs. We will explore 200 years of transportation history on the Farmington Canal corridor, from the canal era to the railroad era to the beloved multi-use trail that has been developed since the 1980s. Learn about the engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, dreamers, and immigrant laborers who built the Canal and created New Haven as we know it today. We will discuss murals, historic sites and other placemaking efforts along the Farmington Canal Greenway that have made the Greenway one of the signature places in New Haven. We will also update you on the progress of "Phase IV" (a new segment of the Trail being constructed in downtown New Haven) and efforts to close the remaining gaps in the Trail in Southington and Plainville. 

We will be joined on the walk by a couple special guest speakers including Roz Hamilton of the Amistad Committee, who will discuss the creation of the William Lanson statue. We will also end our walk at the Newhallville Learning Corridor where we will hear from representatives of the Community Place-making & Engagement Network about their place-making activities on and near the trail.

Meet at 10am at the William Lanson statue next to the Yale Health Center near Sachem Street. The walk is on flat and paved terrain, about 2 miles total length. In case of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. 

Registration appreciated: 


Questions? Contact Aaron (aaron.goode@gmail.com or 203-507-8985). 

A Shoreline Walk Thru The ​“Real” & ​“Ideal”


Article in New Haven Independent on our April 20 walk on the Shoreline Greenway.

Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice

Selected Writings of Fred Cervin
by New Haven - Quinnipiac Bioregional Group, 2015
Publisher: New Haven Bioregional Publications
ISBN 978-0-9908460-0-0
90 pages, 9"x 6" format $12
From the book's preface by Mark Mitsock:
"Fred Cervin believed that the relation of the human species to the natural world is in a state of crisis, and that this crisis has both a practical and spiritual dimension. The practical and the spiritual are typically thought to operate on separate planes, but in Fred's vision they 
are seamlessly blended ..."
It's obviously from his very first poem "Three Medicine Songs" that Fred Cervin was a dedicated bioregionalist and activist who walked his talk.
In 2005 he co-founded the New Haven Bioregional Group in his local New Haven, Connecticut to put his ideas into action. Fred died in August 2013, but the Group is carrying on his work and perpetuating Cervin's life-place ideas and actions by producing this book of his writings for all of us and future generations.
Again and again throughout Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice, Cervin is resolute in his dedication to honoring the Earth and living in harmony with ALL of its occupants. In his Earth Loyalty As A Spiritual Orientation / Queen of My Heart he strongly urges everyone to make a vow to the Earth to live with love, consideration and respect in each of our places 
as he does in his. 
Cervin's poems are lyrical and filled with his heartfelt connection with the land, they strongly flow together in clearly presenting a variety of vitally important aspects of his life view. In his prose, he provides his thoughts on the critical state of the environment and its causes while also offering solutions, i.e. from growing one's own food to redefining our sense of who we are as humans, to reestablishing mutually beneficial relationships with the Earth 
and everyone inhabiting the planet to rebuilding and maintaining strong communities in which communication, cooperation...as well as good home grown meals...are engaged in 
and shared by all community members.
The context of Cervin's poems and prose resides in his awareness of and distress at the current state of the planet and how Earth continues to be plundered by profit-seeking individuals and corporations. This is Fred Cervin's wake up call to all of us to step back from our consumerism and reconnect with Mother Earth who freely provides everything 
that we need. It is an urgent plea on his part and well worth our focused attention and 
active participation.
by Jean Lindgren
Reprinted here with the permission of Planet Drum PULSE where this 
review originally appeared in their Spring/Summer 2016 issue.
Planet Drum, PO Box 31251, SF, CA 94131 

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