Prairie High School Christmas Bazaar tomorrow!

Yes! Serendipity Plant Lore’s Gertrude Snicklegrove will be down at the Prairie High School Christmas Bazaar tomorrow starting at 9AM! Please come down and visit if you get a chance!!! Lot’s of goodies and teas to be had. Wonderful lavender sachets and handmade warmer packs for aches and pains. Lots and lots of incredible vendors and local farmers will be there!

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

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What is an herbalist?

First of all….a word of caution before venturing forth in reading….my comma key is not working on this keyboard…if you’re willing to venture on from this point…you’ll just have to imagine comma’s instead of periods!

One of the thoughts going through my head recently is how to explain what an herbalist is…especially a community herbalist to someone who doesn’t know or hasn’t had experience with this craft. An herbalist is a person who communicates between the plant world and the human world with gratitude. It’s reading bodies and reading plants and landscapes…reading histories. It is reading and nourishing with a plant and human connection. An herbalist always works with a community…sometimes a community of mushrooms or trees…and other times…a community of edible…nourishing…and medicinal plants…and human beings. It’s about bringing one community in contact with another community. We all live in communities as well as having communities reside within us. Community can be family and friends…neighbors and coworkers…as well as the air we breathe and the quality of it from our neighbors and neighboring businesses. An herbalist works with individuals and not statistics; with individual body constitutions not fads; and with particular wonder. This is a people’s medicine and an embrace of life and has often been suppressed or forgotten in the industrial society we’ve created. However…always remember that the life training and practice of this basic people’s medicine…self care…and understanding of the body has always been a movement of the people close to the ground…the practical folk; the poor folk; the common sense folk; the not whipped up into a giant frenzy folk; the sustain the earth and sustain one’s health folk. Nourishing foodstuffs are complimentary to any lifestyle or form of medicine a person may choose…and medicinal plants grow all around us in abundance waiting to service and aid us when they’ve been properly introduced.

Individual plants nourishing individual people. Individual people returning the gift and helping individual plants flourish. Each gives an essence of life to the other!

Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

Bioregional Community Herbalist

(c) 2011-2015, Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson,CH

Serendipity Plant Lore’s Herbal Workshop at Neighbor’s Market!

Put up some edible brews for wintertime sniffles, joyous whiffs and holiday gifts!

This Autumn herb class will cover fun, edible, sometimes delicious and sometimes strange concoctions that nourish the body and spirit. Together, we will prepare nourishing infusions, syrups, vinegars, medicinal honey’s and other fantastic, nurturing fun! This class is a ‘happening’ and hands on work-shop, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves and play! This class is also potluck, so please bring a dish to share, as well as your own mug, fork, spoon and napkin.

Be prepared to smell interesting smells, taste interesting tastes, and get your hands dirty with folklore!

 

Where: Neighbor’s Market, Main Street Vancouver, WA

When: Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: $35 (cash or check only)

Materials to bring: A dish to share, a mug, fork, spoon and napkin

Azure Splits, December 5th Potluck and Herbal Workshop at Neighbor’s Market!

It’s time to start seriously thinkin’ about the upcoming Azure order…to do a split, or not to do a split, that is the question! Azure order cut-off is Wednesday, November 30th with delivery on Monday, December 5th. Pickups are from 2-8 PM, with a barter and trade, food splitting and donation potluck at 6:30 PM. Below are some items people have expressed interest in splitting…if you think of something or want to do a split, we’ll have to get this rolling quick as Azure order cut-off is almost here!

So, here is the list of goodies, and please, if you want to add
anything to the list, hollar!

Dried Organic Cranberries
1#   11.60
25# 223.45  or  8.93/lb.
5#   44.65  or 11.16/lb.

Sunflower Seeds
1#    2.85
25#  42.05  or   1.68/lb.
5#   10.05  or   2.01/lb.
50#  64.05  or   1.23/lb.

Once Again Nut-Butter Inc., Crunchy, Salted, Organic
Case of 12 -16 oz Jars $51.10 or $4.26 a jar

Oranges, Fresh, Organic #2
38 lbs for $23.00 or .60 a lb

Bulk, Medjool Dates, Organic
11 lb case for $72.50 ($6.59 a lb)
5 lb case for $33.95 ($6.79 a lb)

Cheese, other goodies???


Potluck on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 PM.
Bring goodies for barter and trade, or simply as a donation for our local Share Orchards facility! Also, bring a dish to share, and your own plate, fork, spoon and mug!

Autumn Herbal Workshop at Neighbor’s Market! coming up on Thursday, December 8th! Details coming soon…please come out and support Neighbor’s Market and learn fun and fascinating uses for herbs for health AND gifts. I’ll send out an announcement shortly!

Blessings to everyone, have a warm day!
Summer Michaelson

A New Article out by Joel Salatin!

Gosh, can we keep the common sense comin’? Just LOVE Joel and his idea that genetic diversity (plant, animal and human), land healing itself, animals roaming free foraging, building up beneficial soil organisms, encouraging pollinators, respecting the earth, feeding lots of people all while not causing any pollution, are actually all GOOD things for the common good of all! Loved his comment too about how someone called in his farm for animal crowding (ROFL) while on the way to the post office to pick up a $150 dog bed for their house pet. Apparently, the “crowding” was spotted as a herd of cows lined up by a paddock gate for their daily move to a new pasture. Healthy and ranging animals are smart! Joel Salatin respects and care takes the insects on his farm. Sometimes, tho’, I wonder if the sustainability and green movements of the next generation have somewhat inverted on themselves because of such an extreme disconnection between nature and humans. This is a wonderful read, Salatin style, if you get the chance! 🙂
Summer Michaelson
www.acresusa.com

December Azure Updates, Arts of Poulticing Class, A Barter and Trade Potluck and Pantry Pickup!

Hello Kind Folks!

With the holiday season upon us, our next Azure pickup is approaching quickly! First, tho’, a great big thank you and hug to everyone last Azure Delivery Day, hard to believe it was barely a week ago and our next date is approaching fast with an order cut-off of Wednesday, November 30th with a pickup date of Monday, December 5th. As a reminder, pickup times are between 2-8PM or as agreed upon. If you going out of town during the next Azure order time for holiday fun stuff, I probably have enough room to hold onto your order…but do let me know ahead of time so we do not wind up in any pickles! Speaking of pickles, we love pickles, and am thinking on a food preservation and fermentation class SOON…but in the meantime for next Azure Delivery Day, we could have our potluck and do our small scale food splitting fun for holiday ingredients (anyone thinking dates, cheese and sunflower seeds here?)

So, let’s have a potluck at 6:30 PM, Azure Delivery Day which is Monday, December 5th! If anyone wants to split food for the holidays. let’s get this shindig communicating now! Also, I thought a barter and trade is in order. I’ve got to share:
Basil, Bay Leaves, Local and Sustainable Wool Yarn, Crochet Thread, Organic Tapioca Flour, Cinnamon Sticks, Funky Food Storage Glass, Squash and more. Some things that I need are turnips and carrots for winter storage! Anything left over can go home with people or we can donate together to the Orchards Share House right close to my house! If you have donations you would like to bring instead of barter and trade, bring ’em over! I always love the idea of a community taking care of each other and others in the bargain too!

This Sunday, at 6:30 PM, we have the Arts of Poulticing Class, we have a little extra room, so if you’d like to register, send a quick email and I will send you details by tomorrow morning! Here is a description of the class, and it is a GREAT class to attend, as it is in depth and congruent with the basic Herbs workshop, Tonic workshops and our new series of Women’s Health workshops that have been in the works for a year now! Remember, our shindigs are potluck, as brain cells work best with good company and good food, and heck, most people wouldn’t have it any other way!

>>>>>> What is poulticing? Through a variety of techniques, one can heal burns, reduce abscesses, move the lymph system, kill infections, raise or lower fevers, and nurse sore organs and muscles, to name a few. These are old-fashioned techniques for at home self care that can be used on a day to day basis, in emergencies, simple sickness, at home or hospital births, or as companions to other forms of medicine. I had my son Ben in a hospital, and with the help of my Husband, used poultices to prevent complications in a complicated pregnancy. There are many types of poulticing and many ways to apply them, and they are an invaluable aid as well as a lost art that is being revived. ~Summer<<<

WE (a group of us foodies) are heading out to Corvallis for a fun stompin’ time picking up some fresh grains and foods farmer direct! Will update (with pictures) how it goes, and if you’d like to join in on our caravan next year, hollar, and we’ll stay connected!

Have a warm crimson, yellow, purple and orange leafed day!
Summer Michaelson, Community Herbalist
https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/

About Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH, the Village Herbalist

Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH got her start thirty-eight years ago in foraging mushrooms as a wee little girl, and twenty-one years ago in Ethnobotanical Studies, and has always had an interest in plants, trees and rocks.  After suffering from cancer, then a stroke, blood clot and heart murmur, she discovered she and her family were living on a hotbed of a Superfund site. In a short period of time, her eldest son developed autism when his blood lead levels skyrocketed to 21.8. As the medicines Summer were taking were not healing, and after 8 months of constant monitoring with diagnostic equipment, she made the decision to wean herself off the medicines and try a more natural approach. This approach saved her life, and within two weeks, according to the MRI/MRV scans, she was clear. During this time she had been consulting with an herbalist, and then began formal studies with her. Her name was Mary Barnes. Since that time, Summer has studied with many herbalists, including Novella Donders, Llyn Zephyr, Susun Weed, Forager John Kallas, Demetria Clarke, Gradey Proctor, Missy Rohs of Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, University of Kansas, Colorado Mountain College with focus on Biology, Medicine and Psychology. In addition to this list of teachers, Summer is grounded in the Shamanic Folk Healing Traditions of her ethnic Magyar and Cherokee Family, keeping a two thousand year old Healing Tradition alive. Summer believes in the old-fashioned idea of community healing, where we learn from each other and work together to help one another in our communities, and encouraging others to do the same. Her children have healed significantly from their autism (heavy metal induced gut and brain inflammation) and she continues to help when she can in the autism communities and greater community, one on one with people, teaching what she has learned, and opening the way for learning so that others may be able to do this for themselves and others, to keep traditional arts education flowing outward. In addition to working as a Hands On Herbal Healer, Teacher, Clinician, Herbwife and Deathwife, Summer is an Ordained Minister.

(c) 2000-2015, Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH, All Rights Reserved

The Arts of Poulticing Workshop, this Sunday, November 6th!

There is still a little space open for this workshop full of forgotten and not-so-forgotten folk arts! To register, send an email to lemonlotus@gmail.com and I will send the details!

 

>>> What is poulticing? Through a variety of techniques, one can heal burns, reduce abscesses, move the lymph system, kill infections, raise or lower fevers, and nurse sore organs and muscles, to name a few. These are old-fashioned techniques for at home self care that can be used on a day to day basis, in emergencies, simple sickness, at home or hospital births, or as companions to other forms of medicine. I had my son Ben in a hospital, and with the help of my Husband, used poultices to prevent complications in a complicated pregnancy. There are many types of poulticing and many ways to apply them, and they are an invaluable aid as well as a lost art that is being revived. ~Summer<<<