Holly Remembrances

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Home-Made Table Wreath With a Garden Holly.

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Beautiful Vintage inspired Fabric gifted from a Friend Transforms Our Dinner Blessing Table!

I am happy with how our table wreath turned out this year! I kept this very simple. This very much reminds me of my family, who harvested wild holly right here in Southwest Washington wooded areas for many decades. My family would harvest and then load on a truck and drive it down to California for California peoples to purchase greenery for their holiday celebrations. My family was always appreciated for their foraging work, and would have the same customers, year after year! This was in a time when joy was at a simpler level, when people wanted to buy from each other the efforts of work that turned into celebration. Making this table wreath feels strongly in connection with the traditions and stories of our family’s life. I may add to the wreath, maybe not quite finished, and our Holly Tree has abundance for us, always.

 

 

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

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Serendipity Plant Lore Challenge!

Serendipity Plant Lore Challenge: It’s cold….so cold that pipes all over Vancouvertown are busting, and some plumbers I spoke with today have waiting lists for a week! Can you imagine what it is like to be sleeping on the street tonight….with very little, perhaps not even a hat? The blustery winds are eating through my own long underwear shirt, layered shirts with a sweater, scarf and warm hoodie. I’m COLD! And I am much, much warmer and have a house to live in. Can you imagine what some people are feeling right this moment? Worried about how to get through the night? Nights like these I like to put together bags for people I see in Orchards. Do this around where you are. Here are some suggestions, and I hope you take up this Serendipity Plant Lore challenge!

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Serendipity Plant Lore Challenge NOW! If all my friends and students could do this tonight or tomorrow (wherever you are), I will love you forever! Cold snap coming. Grab a couple old bags (shopping bags and paper bags work, but keep in mind some of the folks under the bridges and sleeping spots NEED a water proof bag to keep blankets DRY the next day. Find an old bag or scrounge one up at a thrift store. Put a blanket in the bag, and a set of disposable silverware in a plastic bag, and whatever you have on hand. Hand ’em out. You can tell who is spending the night on the street when you deliver this time of day, 5:30’ish this time of year. Alas, I have no water bottles tonight (despise those except for the homeless), but give what you have. Below I have sardines for much needed protein…

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A Tale of Two Grandfathers…

A Family Remembrance

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For this Veterans Day, instead of celebrating a particular plant, I want to share communion of some Family History that gave me the direct lines to preserve my Ancestral Communion, and what they had to do to provide this chance for me, to continue with the Olde Family Planting Ways. Preserving the Strand that flows through continents, and Family Traditions, ways of working, ways of loving. Wars and violence and shifting events can try to break the thread, but it has not been severed in our world, not by any means. Understanding history, we understand what brought us here, and how the ways were preserved for those who look. Love has always found a way to preserve that which is worth preserving, and what comes out of the distillation of worldly experience is most precious. Seeds that survive, a bit of embroidery here, loom work of origins.

Thank you to…

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7th Annual Ol’ Fashioned Fermenting and Preserving the Autumn Harvest Workshop!

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Imádom!

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A Toast to Bugs!!!

7th Annual Ol’ Fashioned Preserving the Autumn Harvest Workshops are coming up! A favorite workshop, this is a fun, hands on workshop devoted to the understanding of traditional food storage techniques that use the basic gifts of earth, air, water and salt to put up food in a creative and individual way, to best enhance the flavor, nutrition, over-all health and pure excitement of fresh, local whole food and garden harvests. This class is poetry in motion and participants are encouraged to bring their ideas, questions and recipes, every class is unique!

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Swirling Lekvár!

We’ll cover techniques for Lacto-Fermentation, Pickling, Oiling, Wet and Dry Salting, Summer’s Hungarian Salt Preserves, Drying, Cold Cellar Storage and more low energy techniques and recipes!

This class is also potluck, so please bring a dish to share, your own plate, mug, fork, spoon and napkin. Cost: $40, Pre-registration only to guarantee a spot!

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That’s a Crock of…!!!

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Cabbage Fingers. 🙂

What to Bring: A dish and or snack to share, pen and paper, eating utensils, questions, and a heart ready to have fun!

Saturday, November 22nd, from 2-4 PM’ish. To register, send an email to lemonlotus@gmail.com

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

All Rights Reserved.

The Spiritual Food of Living Seasonally

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Lekvár Making Between Friends!

As I wrap up a busy year teaching, writing and food preserving, my energy changes in this autumn. Living seasonally, at times, means there are periods of having no time, leading into periods of having greater time. It’s mushroom foraging, and writing, and tending people who have sickness that is predominantly on the winter time plate. Seed saving, tea making, laying of hands. Research, and deeper works. Kissing beautiful animals, gratefulness for all our food this season, and all the hands that contributed to our winter cabinet.

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Purple Diva!

From the season of dreaming, comes the season of awakening from slumber…the wintertime, where portals in the deeper earth energy awaken, cleanse, and sift through the seeds from the flowering season. Far from winter being a time of slumber, in the olde ways, it is the time of the descent into wakefulness, the sifting, and the weighing, the learning of new knowing, and what  belongs in the sacrificial fire. Attending to the work of renewal in the deep down places of soil roots, paves the way for new and increased vigor in the dreaming months, the springtime rebirth. The start of planting happens with the sifting of seeds from the previous harvest.

Only the best will be planted, in a soil that is warm, and alive and nutritious.

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Attending to the Self Healing Self for Spontaneous Healing!

From this soil, the deep down roots of being, the seeds burst forth in sprouting, growing, being, blooming, becoming, and another harvest.

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Garden Spiral Changes After Every Rain, Wing, and Paw.

In lives deeply rooted in divided industrial consciousness, this attending to the soil is completely forgotten. Yet, just a couple of generations ago, for so many peoples, this was an awakened knowledge that was lived amongst people who live closely to the land. This is a knowledge that Herbalists, Healers, Foragers and Farmers have been carrying on. Being fed by Spirit, we follow the cycles. As I was raised by Herbalists, Herders, Farmers, Hunters and Woods People, close hand I was given these eyes to see, and what valuable eyes!

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Sun Disk Worshipping!

My Grandfather Iván, who carried on the very olde world farming his whole life, always attended to the soil, to the roots. Compost was the gold of new growth…the fully digested remnants of the old matter of life. For this reason, if the curing of compost is stalled, it cannot aid the furtherance of life and life force for the future plants in the same way. Animals know this. The plants know this. Humans know this, when following Spirit. It is only forgotten when the ties to Land and Spirit are severed, with a deep abiding in an industrialized system. We have forgotten where our food comes from, our Spiritual food and sustenance.

To have faith in higher purpose, a higher good, a higher ideal, means one is led to face this digesting process. To bring forth beauty in spring, a rebirth of the senses, a rebirth of life, of a growing stage, is to be covered in a delightful compost, with the seeds carefully sewn in the pocket of ones heart. It is, to live from a great depth that one can really grow, one can really love, one can really bloom, one can receive light and love too.

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Warty Wonders Love

In the way of my Grandfathers, who were Farmer Poets, one thing comes to mind. When the season shortens, the awakening time lengthens. The time of seeing the seeds of harvest and carefully collecting the best, the strongest, the ones with a good integrity, and plant them in. Carefully, beautifully. This is the way of Cultivating the Earth. This is the way that sees and grows the beautiful shapes of the future. This is the living blackness of love, alive and constantly bringing into existence. We work as Stewards for bringing Soul Beings alive, we work to bring healing.

To some this may seem unintelligible, but to those who know, working closely with the earth, we see the deep Stewardship responsibilities that are called forth, bringing out love to those we tend. In the Autumn, the energy retracts and lights inward, to see the year differently, to see the fungi, the decomposition, and the light of new life.

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

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Careful Harvesting of Sage Love 🙂

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November Azure Order, Fermentation Workshop, Teas and Herbal Apprenticeships, Share Shelter Donation, Wild Mushrooms and Wild Teas!!!

Hello Folks!
 
Our next ordering cut-off for Azure is THIS Friday, November 7th at 4 PM with pickup this coming Wednesday, November 12th between 2-6 PM.
We will have duck eggs available! Pre-order now, extras will be on a first come, first serve basis after pre-orders. Benjamin’s Organic Egg Shoppe may have some eggs for sale too!
Workshop Announcement! 7th Annual Ol’ Fashioned Preserving the Autumn Harvest Workshops are coming up! A favorite workshop, this is a fun, hands on workshop devoted to the understanding of traditional food storage techniques that use the basic gifts of earth, air, water and salt to put up food in a creative and individual way, to best enhance the flavor, nutrition, over-all health and pure excitement of fresh, local whole food and garden harvests. This class is poetry in motion and participants are encouraged to bring their ideas, questions and recipes, every class is unique!

We’ll cover techniques for Lacto-Fermentation, Pickling, Oiling, Wet and Dry Salting, Summer’s Hungarian Salt Preserves, Drying, Cold Cellar Storage and more low energy techniques and recipes!

This class is also potluck, so please bring a dish to share, your own plate, mug, fork, spoon and napkin. Cost: $40, Pre-registration only to guarantee a spot!

What to Bring: A dish and or snack to share, pen and paper, eating utensils, questions, and a heart ready to have fun!

Saturday, November 22nd, from 2-4 PM’ish. To register, send an email tolemonlotus@gmail.com

 

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies Herbal and Wild Foods Apprenticeships interviews are happening NOW for the 2015 year! These 9 and 10 month programs cover wild foods foraging, ecosystem stewardship, survival skills, mushroom foraging, making herbal medicines, with programs moving into deeper levels of healing processes, working with various conditions, prevention, mid-wifery herbs and death-wifery herbs. Working within a very old folk tradition of my family, coupled with observation and science, we learn to weave our own healing tapestries, expanding them with our work with others. Learning and having hands on experiences along side me, a practicing Community Herbalist, we have experiences together with the healing processes and transitions of life. To be added to the Apprenticeship email list and/or to set up an interview, send an email tolemonlotus@gmail.com. If you feel inspired, please share with your families and communities. Thank you! 🙂


 
Share Shelter Donation!!!
THANK YOU all who donated to Share Shelter AGAIN!!! Let’s go for a new donation round!!! We’ve been keeping this shelter love going for a few years, let’s light some more fires and clean our homes! Ordering an extra can of decent food for the Shelter is an idea that Erin H. came up with a little while ago. Here’s a picture below of some of what was collected and donated to the Orchard’s Share Shelter! Other things we can collect are gently used items for kitchen, clothes, backpacks, hotel samples of hygiene supplies, books and magazines!
 
Garden Delights Bulk Organically Grown Herbs! Supporting local Herbalists and local Herbal Farms helps to keep money in our communities, provide fresher and stronger herbs than commercially available, and helps to keep local and bio-regional Herbalism alive! Here we have some amazing bulk herbs from Garden Delights, a farm that I highly recommend for ethics and care in the arts of growing and processing. Prices range from $.50 to $2.00. Choose from: Parsley, Chives, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Sage, Lemon Balm, Yarrow, Plantain, Peppermint and Thyme.
 
Serendipity Plant Lore’s Tea Listing! 
These 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. 🙂
Serendipity 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
~Dandelion 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 Takács-Michaelson, CH
 
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