The Blessed Work…I’ll Be A Gardener

Kertész leszek, fát nevelek, 
kelő nappal én is kelek, 
nem törődök semmi mással, 
csak a beojtott virággal. 

Minden beojtott virágom 
kedvesem lesz virágáron, 
ha csalán lesz, azt se bánom, 
igaz lesz majd a virágom. 

Tejet iszok és pipázok, 
jóhíremre jól vigyázok, 
nem ér engem veszedelem, 
magamat is elültetem. 

Kell ez nagyon, igen nagyon, 
napkeleten, napnyugaton ha már elpusztul a világ, 
legyen a sírjára virág.

I’ll Be a Gardener 

I’ll be a gardener of trees, DSC_0377
with the rising sun I’ll rise 
and see to it that none of my 
pregnant flowers ever dies. 

Pregnant loving flowers will 
flock around me in a sea, 
and I don’t care their kiss can sting 
if they’re flowers true to me. 

I’ll drink milk and smoke a pipe, 
my good name I will staunchly guard, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
no harm can come to me if I 
plant myself too in the yard. 

There’s a great need for this work 
in the east and in the west – 
when this world dies it will need 
flowers on its grave to rest. 

Translated from the Hungarian by Paul Sohar

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

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May Azure Order Behind Schedule, Prayers Needed, Fish and Plants and More Update!

I JUST received a call from our driver that he is behind schedule, and we will not have our Azure Order until Thursday. Our pickup time will be between 2-6 PM Thursday. Please let me know if you need a special arrangement for Thursday…this was unexpected for all of us!!! Also if you could pop me a quick response that you received this email, I would be grateful. Tomorrow morning, I will call those who I haven’t heard from about the order update.
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One of our precious Families, and a dear personal friend, is in need of prayers and other things right now! Anyone up for praying and wanting more details? Join this group on FB! Any supports, love, prayer, good vibes, meals you can provide? Let’s hold and support the Steenbarger in our Hearts….tomorrow is surgery, please participate in whatever way you can!!!
Our Fish Order is a WRAP! When I get caught up with Eike sorting everything, I will send out a fresh email with details…but until then, thank you for a successful first half an order!!!!!
If you ordered Herb Plants from Little Brown House Herbary, they are here! If you did not order Azure (or even if you did and you’re itchin’ to plant), you are welcome to come pickup this Wednesday (tomorrow) from 2-6 PM! I would be grateful for any spare change for the gas coffers….thank you! A BIG thank you to our volunteer Anne Lawrence of Storytree Farm for helpin’ with fetching this herb order!
Please bring monies with you if you have not paid for plants.
Don’t forget donations are welcome for Share Shelter both Wednesday and Thursday.
Thank you!
Have a blessed evening folks!!!
Summer
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​


 
 
 
 
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Chinese Proverb.

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
All Rights Reserved.

Children, Chicks and a Day of Joy at Neighbors Markets!

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A big hearty THANK YOU to all who ventured out to visit Serendipity Plant Lore and Friends at Neighbors Markets today! Need a fermenting crock? Look no further….filled with sunlight and ribbons, the best health food!!!

 

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Had a beautiful baking discussion with Kembers.

 

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Dazzling and fun food displays all over.

 

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Some of us gathered for a little photo, some were camera shy today.

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There were chicks from an AMAZING egg farm!

 

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Saltzilla yummy handmade spices made out of love for a Mom’s heath condition!

 

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The Fish People came!!! Amazing camping and hiking food, thoroughly enjoyed!!!! It is not often trailside one has such wild, local and gourmet cooked HOT food for a quick nibble!!! 

 

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Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies had a beautiful Magyar decorated table!

 

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Queen of Hearts PDX has fun, gluten-free handpies for dinner and deserts!

 

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Organic Red Gold Potatoes, just perfect!

 

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Beautiful Neighbors Markets!

 

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Home again with my Joy riddled kids and plants. Much love out there for a beautiful day!!!

 

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(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

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May Azure, Plant and Neighbor’s Markets Vendor Event!!!

Hello Serendipity Folks!
 
THANK YOU all who donated to Share Shelter! Let’s go for a new donation round!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
 
A few quick updates: if you haven’t paid for your Salmon, please stop by my house today with your payment! 
Catch me at Neighbor’s Markets Vendor Event this Thursday, May 22nd, from 11 AM- 6 PM. I will be chatting with folks about local food, seeds, herbs, herbal healing, trees, you name it! Neighbors Markets is located conveniently on Main Street Vancouver. Check them out!!! There will be many other amazing people, producers, and farmers at this event, so it is a good chance to find out what is happening in our locality on the food front!
 
No salt split this time, but will do soon again! There MAY be eggs here for $4 a dozen too. Shoot me an email if you would like some, and I will start making a list!
 
Azure order cut-off is THIS Friday, May 23rd at 4 PM. Pickup is next Wednesday, May 28th, from 2-6 PM.
 
Those who ordered herb plants from Little Brown House Herbary, the plants will be here on Azure pickup day!!! If you haven’t already, please send your herb payment in the mail so that I do not have to float!!! THANK YOU!!!
 
Joyous Day to All! Tea listings below. 🙂
Serendipity Plant Lore’s Tea Listing! 
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hese teas and herbs are highly medicinal, and are extras from my own organic garden and wild forages. All ethically harvested, the exceptions to the herbs that I’ve grown or foraged myself are those like Cinnamon, All Spice, and Red, Black and Green, and Olive Tea Leaves. These are ethically obtained from other Herbalists who have the same great care and ethic. These Tea Herb extras help to support the consultation work for those those in need of receiving free services. I thank you for your support, and hope, in return, you are tantalized with amazing Earth Medicine for your own health care and lovely, compost-able gifts! Some NEW offerings too! Limited Quantities. 🙂

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erendipity Plant Lore has beautiful hand grown, hand sourced, sustainable and ethically wild-crafted herbal teas for $7 a box/sack. Each of the tea offerings has been used by this herbalist for many decades to aid health, enjoyment and vitality, recovery from many health problems. They have “lived” with me for so long, they have become part of me, and I am excited to have these offerings which truly support our family and the work as I continue my ongoing education and offering sliding scale consultations for those in need.Choose from:

~Lovin’ Liver Tea (your liver will be happy!)
~Summer Time Afternoon Tea (relaxing and sweet)
~Great Grandmother Gertrude’s Memory Lovin’ Tea (brain cell oxygenating crew!)
~Green Tonic Tune (tuning cells and soul together!)
~Vanilla Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Cinnamon Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Great Gert’s Cold Hand and Foot Tea (circulatory warming tea for the cold)
~Galloping Gertrude’s Tea (relaxing and locally nutritious)
~Flu Flummox Tea (just befuddle your flu bugs in style!)
~Arabian Summer Tea (a tea to remind you of the smells of an Arabian Love Garden, with plants that touch our center, build up the immune system, and sweep away what needs to be swept away.)
~Shepherd’s Tea! When you want to corral those irksome viral beings and nondescript inflammatory triggers, what you need is a Shepherd to round ‘em up and over the bluff!
~Olive Leaf Tea, an anti-viral, anti-oxidant tea to ward off the minions of Mordor!
~Delicious Radheish Chai!
~Spicy Radheish Chai (inspired by my great friend, Radhe G.)
~Mother’s Milk Tea…to help Mother nourishes Baby Ones.
~Chamomile
~Comfrey Leaf
~Elder Flowers
~Motherwort
~Pineapple Sage
~Garden Sage
~Rosehips
~Rue (only to practitioners)
~Shitake Mushrooms
~Chanterelle Mushrooms
~Lobster Mushrooms (seasonal offering)
~More offerings, please inquire and I will check the Apothecary.
(c) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
​Last, but NEVER least! Our Share Shelter Donation!!!
~MONTHLY (often weekly) SHARE SHELTER DONATION currently in progress! Donate here on Azure Day or on the doorstep, and I will collect and bring to the Share Orchards Shelter! Or donate to SHARE directly yourself! This month, Erin H. had a marvelous idea to share. She suggested that we each order an extra, quality whole foods item from Azure for the donation pile!!! This is great from another perspective…many of the food items donated to SHARE are often low quality processed foods. This is a way to share healthy abundance! 🙂 So let’s make our own Azure Challenge! To participate, add an extra item on your Azure order for SHARE donation!!! 
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

 

 
 
 
 
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Chinese Proverb.

The Great Forgetting is NOT Forgotten!

Some, HAVE, never forgotten! Much of my family lives in a very primitive way in Europe AND in America, still herding, hunting, as foragers and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgatherers. This requires quite a sophisticated use of the mind and heart, and a relationship to the land that is one of living respect. It has been in MY lifetime, that I watched the Great Forgetting happen starting with my parents….for my Grandparents lived very close to the land, and understood the multiple arts and skills from weaving to carving, metallurgy, hunting, fishing, farming, gathering, basket weaving and water mapping, and the significance of these daily activities to ones life and development itself. Spiritual life is lived here, NOW. This builds the bridge for ongoing life. It’s been the breaking of the “tribes” that I saw in my own family, that brought about the whole idea of “power over” others as opposed to the circular tribal focus of “power, a shared responsibility”. As responsible stewards, our hearts, our heads, and our might is invested in what we are charged to take care of, watch bloom, watch grow, watch manifest, watch what is reaped. We give a thanks and a piece of our heart into everything we do. Work is not something separate from Spirit, for Life, from Blessing, from Living. We all live in cycles of greater and greater wholeness, Great Forgetting is the TEMPORARY happening that comes about when we forget to thank the Sun for rising each morning, and the Moon for dusting us with sleep each night. In all we thank and cherish, we give our thanks to the Creator. To God, in all. The cycles of life are a painting upon the window screen of the cosmos, and we take for granted that ALL are in cooperation to make this beautiful life Dance.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

From my Friend Bonnie: 

“This may show a way out, or should I say back, to be in balance with the planet.

I suspect that as “civilization” collapses from its great weight, we will begin remembering. In fact, some are now. It’s just the cycle of life and the way the course is run.”

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/have-you-heard-of-the-great-forgetting/

I agree with Bonnie’s wild wisdom! We live in a great and magnificent world. One truly to be thankful for, to participate in, to weave joy into the fabric, to make love manifest. To give thanks. To take, but also to give. We are the children of God, but even so, we have a responsibility to grow as we tend growth, to take what has been created, and create further abundance from this gift. To shine, spit polish, and adore, to be thankful for all the seeds of life.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We’ve been entrusted with the seeds, but instead of just taking them for ourselves, we can nourish them as a gift back to our lives, and to the greater cycle of Streaming Life. Ongoing Life, requires not a penny less!

Harvesting of Life, which we call in modern day detached terms, “Resources”, to extinction, is, as my Grandmothers and Grandfathers would say, “Taking what the Creator has given you in a selfish way, it’s not just THERE for YOU”. A basic teaching that all children learn at some point. The Family Table has food for others too! The Family Grace includes ALL.

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

All Rights Reserved.

Heart of Hearts

Some of us have Hearts inside of us, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand some have Hearts outside of us. I am a peculiar one, I was born with a beautiful large heart inside, and stamped on the outside near my chest area, God stamped me with a second Heart, a Red Heart Birthmark!

Why and wherefore these marvelous, these beautiful happenings? I’ve always pondered.

In my pondering, in Outside Heart so Large, so Big, and so Magnificent, I have been found playing and conversing with the Winged Fairies today. For the Fairies need to rest their busy wings here and there, and clutch a home polished Moonstone to take a sip of pure, cool water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This allows them the little rest needed before playing and mixing more pollen, kissing the herbs, the plants of Heart Garden.

 

 

 

 

It is always lovely to give little Winged Beings a place to hide, rest, eat and drink, put their legs up under mushrooms and take a nice mid-day break!

 

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Peonies Popping Purple for Playful Pollen Pocketings and Ponderings…

 

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Comfrey Rings The Bells!

 

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For Herbal Apprentice Tamara…

 

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Fairies of the Woods!

 

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Forest Dreaming of Forest Apprentices!

 

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Provide Resting Spaces for Hearts!!!

 

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Standing Places Too!

 

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A Watering Dish With Rocks

 

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A Mushroom Shelter With Benches

 

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Feed them Fine Foods

 

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Open Your Heart Up To Find…

 

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Hearts Laughing Everywhere!!!

 

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(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Reminder, Wild Red Salmon Deposits Due so our Fisherpeople Can Get To Fishin’!!!

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This is a reminder that if you would like to participate in this group order, I need your order and payments in my hand no later than May, 20th 2014. If you have recently sent your deposit payment, you will receive an email when I have received it on this end.
Thank you everyone!!!! Get out and enjoy the sun if you can!!!
Summer Farkas Takacs-Michaelson

Singing the Songs of Life!

Thank you to my Australian Friend, Artist Arna Baartz for sharing this!

The Planet is ALIVE! What music are we playing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXhhAXjKmIU

 

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies

 

 

The Importance of Shoes and A Fallow Bed Springs to Life!

Life is good when the living is deep. I wanted to share this adorable picture of some of our chickens working a fallow raised bed that hasn’t been planted in a long time. The sleeping rest was good, and it provided many blossoming plants for the spring pollinators…now that those blooms are spent, it is time for working again. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I collected many seeds (probably millions) from the spent plants it was full of, and the chickens were going to town, feathered booties in the air, scratching for wild grain seeds and worms. I feel so much of their delight in my heart!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Speaking of which, since our Azure Delivery last week, this is the SECOND load that has been delivered to the Share Orchards Shelter! Keep the clothes and items coming! We had a plethora of nice men’s shoes collected for donation (thank you all who donated!). The Shelter was VERY HAPPY for the nice men’s shoes, they said that they are so nice and excellent for the folks going to job interviews! This is how much our excesses can mean to others, the difference between having a job by making a good first impression or not, the difference between putting food on the table or not, the difference of there is enough for all. You ALL touch my heart, so much! Thank you!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Today, I’m catching up on the homestead after a very busy week putting up fencing, foraging, hiking, gardening, chick raising, teaching, salmon order collecting and healing of my own son from a minor condition. Today is rainy and overcast, I have a pot of Hungarian Soup simmering on the stove. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gulyás Blessings!

(c)  2014, Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

 

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

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Whispering Rhododendron Teachings from my Hungarian Grandfathers

This weekend has been a beautiful weekend! Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies participated in a very sweet Farmers Market event and Beltaine Festival with a precious Friend, fellow Herbalist, Student and Herb Farmer, Erin Harwood of Garden Delights. We had an amazing day watching people experience the delights of the festival, including Irish Fiddle music and a Maypole celebration. This festival and farmers market is part of the Hazel Dell Public Market that is just getting started! Hooray for local food, artisans, farmers and herbalists!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I connected with some old friends and made new friends as well, and was introduced to really unique projects like Backyard Bounty Co-op and made secret seed deals over seeds I have that are hundreds of years old with A Step Through Thyme.

An underground network of seed lovers who actually can care and love for seeds, and respect their histories and stories is kept alive through a bosom friend to bosom friend sharing. That’s gold. That’s peoples gold! Seeds that do not come from someone, have lost their stories, and need help in healing. Pray and Bless over them, that they may awaken and remember.

This Sunday, brought a day of beauty and sadness, as we cut down our long ailing Rhododendron, the beautiful pink one in front of our house. Her lifespan, has been creeping towards the end for the last few years. A friend’s husband who is an arborist tried to extend the lifespan of this precious one three years back. Even tho’ just less than a fifth of Her was still alive, my Husband and I agreed to let her go on for one more bloom, allow her life within the last inch! We felt She wanted this.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yesterday, we finally cut Her down. I’m saving as many blooms as possible in vases everywhere. A beautiful kiss of life, now cut down, has already given room to two precious younger Rhododendrons…one a lavender purple, and one a creamy white. We look forward to watching their growth, even as we mourn the old one, and Her tremendous privacy she provided for our front window.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For, the way of life, at times, the olde goes making room for the new, the growing, and the blossoming. The Hungarian Tree of Life keeps growing, blooming, dying, renewing. This is the prayer that is always in progress, always holding, this beautiful life together. This is a teaching from my Grandfather’s from our own Family Tradition. This is the Teaching of Hungarian Seeds that is given to each successive generation. This is the Teaching that takes many years to absorb to live fully, in a way of development, of growth, of unfurling, unfolding, of growing more substantial in a wisdom that is very olde. A wisdom that carries forth the secrets of life, our life, the life of the world, the life of Creation.

In our Hungarian way, in the way of our Family, that is passed on generation to generation, is the remembrance of cycles of growing and cutting back, of living, of dying, and renewing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In fully feeling and mourning the loss of my olde Rhododendron Friend, I am witness to the greatest and most humblest of teachings, I am experiencing the olde teachings right now, the teachings of the Lifeworker, the teachings of the Deathworker, the teachings of God, the teachings of the cycle of renewal and change, the teachings of roots and rootedness, the teachings of dissolving into love and growing out again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

All rights reserved.

 

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