Cows are Gud for the Planet!!! :)


Plentiful Water that is NOT used for grain growing for grass-fed cows!

Eating industrialized, factory farmed grain fed beef has always been bad for the planet, the cattle, and the eaters! However, I agree with this article, when cows eat pasture, are free, and are raised appropriately, they are GOOD for the environment, good for themselves, and good for those who drink milk and eat beef. Many lifeforms thrive around cows! I always find it funny, when current industrialized ranching is condemned by environmentalists (which I am certainly an environmentalist!), they often make sweeping generalizations that they apply to all farming and all ranching methods, including traditional methods. Statistics and numbers gathered from industrialized com-modified farming are not the baseline of the carbon footprint of proper animal husbandry.Since some movements equate farming practices as equal, not different to garner statistics, we have to come to realize that they are not reflecting the reality of the state of our environment at all. They, in fact, provide a false set of knowledge to those who ARE disconnected from the growing, raising, transportation and eating of their own food….and THAT is the problem that has led to pitiful exploitation of animals, animal sickness and pollution from industrialized farming methods, and the situation where we sit now with the carbon trading game. The water statistics used by cattle in industrialized operations that feed heavy amounts of grain in the desert no where compares to the water requirements of a Southwest Washington cow on pasture being watered by the sky and eating minimal to no grain. Without natural sources of compost, nitrogen, soil bacteria and more, one must BUY soil preparations and amendments filled with chemicals….and wheres the carbon foot print of that accounted for? It’s not! The contradictions are blaring. And many people make statements about livestock in many movements which are not founded on first hand knowledge or experience, but sound persuasive, none the less! We also com-modify cows, in particular, when we do not look at the life giving aspect they give us in nourishing our soils and farmland, supporting a diversity of soil bacteria, plant and animal life. The things which are good for the planet are those things which support life with nourishment, and those things which are bad for the planet are those that harness plant, animal and human life in a de-evolving destructive stance that honors bottom lines above life and the land itself. This is the essential problem, and one that lies in the heart of humanity.

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

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Serendipity Plant Lore January 2015 Announcements!!! :)

Happy New Year Azure and Student Folks!
Our next Azure order cut-off is THIS Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 4 PM with pickup the following Wednesday, January 14th, from between 2-6 PM. 
Duck and Chicken Eggs! From the Urban Snail Farm and Benjamin’s Organic Egg Shoppe. Preorder now!  $6 a dozen, $3 a half dozen. January update: Rachel from Urban Snail Farm says there will be eggies this time, but Ben’s chickens are taking this month off.
Green Pastures Chicken Eggs (Thank you, Heather V.!)….all who ordered, the Farmers are doing there best to fill and will update egg orders azure day by email if there are any changes…otherwise, a go! 
Himalayan Sea Salt Split…$1.65 a bagged lb! If you pre-ordered salt last order, no need to email me again…I’ve got your order submitted!
More Koya Designs handmade Aged Christmas Potpourri available in $3 and $5.50 container sizes. This is a hit every year with our herb group. Pat Wilson, is another featured Herbalist from our area, who crafts these potpourri’s from ingredients grown in her garden and from select sources. With a long history of working with perfumery, she crafts and ages these potpourri’s to perfection. Any extras AFTER preorders will be here on Azure Delivery Day, but I do recommend preorders because we always sell out! 
Herbal Medicine, Pickling and Cooking Workshops both public and private are on break for the month of December to take Family Time over the holiday. Consultations will still be available during these winter months. Looking towards the end of January for the next “Fermentation and Food Storage Workshop” as well as “Pantry Pickles Cold and Flu’s Workshop” and a planned for “Gertrude’s Gluten-Free Baking Class” that will include a dinner, and a SUPER ORIGINAL Egg Bread Recipe! 


Hand Pressed Flower Art from Garden Delights on top of Hungarian Hand Embroidery…lovely!

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 to If you feel inspired, please share with your families and communities. 


Herbal Memories!

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. 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.
~Comfrey Leaf
~Dandelion Leaf
~Elder Flowers
~Pineapple Sage
~Garden Sage
~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
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​