TCPALM: Eve Samples: 47 years after first Earth Day, it's time for another awakening

TCPalm: Written by Eve Samples. April 20, 2017.

When he was a boy, Nathaniel Reed's father would sometimes wake him and his brothers at dawn.

Gripping long-handled blades, the Reeds would walk their property in Greenwich, Connecticut, scything the bridle paths — an ancient form of mowing.

It's one of Reed's early memories of feeling deeply connected to the natural world.

“My father had a love affair with the woods," Reed, now 83, recalled during a recent interview at his home on Jupiter Island, the town in south Martin County his parents founded eight decades ago.

Those Connecticut fields were often thick with butterflies; so were the hammocks of Jupiter Island he roamed as a child.

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