7th Year Red Salmon Fish Bliss Order starts NOW!!!

Our 7th Year Warm Hello to the Beautiful Red Salmon Bliss Fish Group and Fellow Wild Foragers, Hunters and Wild Eaters!
It’s our 7th year Salmon Bliss Order! It’s time we gather together in anticipation of an amazing harvest from our favorite local Fisherman and Fisherwoman Couple, who head back up to Alaska to fish in their Families Fisher Peoples Co-op!
Still, one of the world’s cleanest and most monitored watersheds, we are blessed with this nutritious and delicious food, in this beautiful world, with the helping hands of all, supporting each other from catch to delivery.
The shipping and processing costs have stayed the same from last year. Our price has been consistent year to year because we participate with our Fisher Family, to make sure they are supported.
If you wish to order, please get back to me ASAP so I can start compiling information….we MUST have our order gathered and paid by May, 25th, 2016. Please help to keep this organized for the group…..think hard, think fast, and get back to me ASAP! I will follow up your order with payment details!
A Deposit of $105 per each 20 lb Share Box is due in my hands by the order cut-off date (May 25th), the second fish payment prior to Salmon Fish Bliss Delivery!!! 🙂 Feel free to spread this around in your groups, with your families, friends and neighbors!
Please note the change from 2015, we are unable to divide fish orders into smaller amounts for people this year as in years previous, but friends and family can buddy up to make their own fish splits!
To Order, simply email your order to lemonlotus@gmail.com. I will respond verifying your order, the amount due, and my address. Upon receiving your fish deposit, I will notify you that your order is placed. Our second half of fish payment will depend on how large our group order is!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Any questions? Send an email! Please be aware, I spend much time foraging and teaching in the field, so please be patient with me as I answer questions and get information out to everyone! Thank you for supporting local and regional wild foods!
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Sunning in the Heart Beat Sunshine of Meadow Soul!

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Netted!!!

It’s been awhile, and far too long between musings, but living in such a seasonal way between sun-dances, my heart and soul have been taken up with the seasonal tasks of a wild forager and healing companion to many.

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For there are seasons to everything, of rest and work and this is definitely a season for work!

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The Mason Bee Trinity Love!

Lots of hiking, walking, rolling in soil, knees deep in mud looking for treasures, hearing the wind whistle through the new growth of tree buds. Many wildflowers have been out, and significant meetings with many beautiful pollinators. Mason Bees joined our family this year as well, and the familiar daily ritual of harvesting Dandelion Leaves from our yard for our Family has definitely been a delight of the season!

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Ben Love with Mango Love!

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I keep posting this photo out of joy!

Some of the beautiful experiences of recent times with Botanical Students have been to be very close to a family of Deer for quite some time, watching several Bald Eagles this spring, identifying the differences between Coyote scat, Deer, Raccoon, Elk, Bear and Mice droppings, taking pictures of Salamanders and Newts (and their cute little bottoms), listening to songs of Meadow Larks, watching the flights of Red Tail Hawks, and coming home at night to a Parrot in our own house, that via my son Ben in February, officially joined our Family.

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Biscuitroot LOVIE!

Bright Sunshine and Winds blew us over to a Student’s Botanical Haven she is restoring in the Columbia River Gorge, and drippy days in coastal forests ‘shrooming, both gaining and losing personal items spiritually as well as physically, and watching a herd of Elk and communing with a very singular orange beaked Shore Bird that grabbed at our hearts in an amazing way!

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Eyes Wide Open, Heart A Flutter!

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This Guy Was A FLIRT!

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This photo posted purely out of jealousy from the Shore Bird photo! WARNING: No matter what she would have you think, this is NOT a Shore Bird!

We also smooched with a Turkey Vulture, and made love with Hummingbirds, and buried noses in the scents of many types wild carrot family members. We ate joyful foods in meadows singing love, and sighted Horton the Elephant’s prized plant that he cared for so much!

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Horton and Herbal Students Hear a WHO!

Smelling Pine and Nettle Feet, our Hearts spread deeper in a day of Elder Love, and we sat and worked with certain Live Love Medicines.

My Sons have found the brilliant sun of loves outside of themselves and inside, and we feasted on the freedom of free ranging Spirits in the Soul of the Divine World so large!

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LOVE!!!

Drinking the droplets of water through ancient mosses, we give praise to Holy Water so free and abundant. The dew of flowers, the wet sticking stamens of the spring, the water dribbling in crevices, the dew of the Emerging Spring Heart!

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Holy Water!!!

Abundant Eggs!

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A Pastured Egg A Day, Keeps the Health Marketing System Away! 🙂

A plentiful pantry!

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Not much space, but a lot of simple abundance! 🙂

Wild and Purple!

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Up To The Sky!

Distant Horizons!

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Tranquility!

Hearts FULL of Joy, Heartfull Joy, Heart Joyfull, Joyfull Hearts!

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Processing Herbs with Love, Prayer and Devotion!

Forest Love!

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Long Ago, Someone Planted Love!

Tasty Findings!

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Treasure!

The Pantry under the Floor.

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Finding nourishment with a little picking!

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

All Rights Reserved.

Pantry Pickles Cold and Flu Herbal Workshop this Tuesday, February 17th!

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnotanical Studies

Pantry Pickles Cold and Flu Workshop, Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Come and learn some old-fashioned and time proven methods for strengthening your beautiful body against viral villains by shopping in your cupboard and making your own villain stoppers! If you do succumb to a group of viral villains, learn to shorten your illness, make the bad villains good friends in an effort to strengthen the bodacious immune system! Together, we will get our hands messy with folklore, put together pantry pickles; listen to stories about emerging from immune suppression and planting the seeds of nurtured health. We will make strong and strange potions that are effective supporters of our unique lives. Learn the difference between innate and acquired immunity and how to stave off secondary infections. Learn to treat yourself to your own body wisdom and body cures!

This class is messy and is potluck; please bring a dish to share, your own mug, fork, spoon, plate and napkin. Be prepared to smell interesting smells, taste interesting tastes, and enjoy stories while we craft ourselves into wholeness and wellness!

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When: 1:00-3:30′ish PM

Where: Vancouver, WA

Cost: Pre-registration is necessary. $40.00

Supplies to Bring: Dish to share, Mug, Fork, Spoon, Plate and Napkin, Pen and Paper

Register with Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH@ lemonlotus@gmail.com

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

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! 

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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 lemonlotus@gmail.com. If you feel inspired, please share with your families and communities. 

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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.
~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 Takacs-Michaelson, CH
 
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

Merry Christmas and Birthing Love!

Merry Christmas and Birthing Love into the Growing Light to ALL!

From my heart to yours…..on Christmas, we are in remembrance and awareness of the baby growing light that brings us into the New Year. We remember the soul, the birth of Christ, the Greenary of Being, and the weaving of love that holds the years together.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our traditions in our Family are simple….they are the awareness of light, of love, of growth in the dark, of deepest roots one way and freshest branch tips the other. We live with the understanding, in an unbroken chain, of living between and ad-mist all cycles of the year.

Particularly for those who live as poets, close to the Earthen Lands of God, unapologetically living in the mystical grace of the way our ancestors left, we bless all the dark spaces, all the composting condensing that allows our soul the space to grow with the growing light.

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Blowing Wind in Glass

In a very old herbal healing tradition, practiced in and amongst the kinship of animals, the wind on the face, the touch of frost on the cheek, and the deep warmth of a hay pile, we grow under the cloak of fibre and spinning. We grow under the tree, in the tree, and the very tips of the tree.

We are graced with the beautiful gifts of life, we are graced with a soul of deep awareness….aware of Heaven and Hell, aware, of everything Green, aware of the deep down roots and the tops of trees. We are planted in God’s World to grow.

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Birthing LOVE!!!

Those who grow the herbs of separation are simply growing their awareness of their own destruction…for the herbs of rebirth and renewal are of the protection and protector of the grace that provides life.

This is not of the hands of man, this is the hands of something greater which we are asked and offered to participate in. The hand of the Steward, the hand of the Shepherd, the hand of us that live so close to land and God, and away from the internal oppression that bewails Spirits so separated from the Grace.

And all it requires is our resounding, and beautiful, crystal clear voice that sings YES! Yes, to this rebirth, of sleeping body and soul and spirit, of sleeping tree and sleeping Borage plant. The YES that the Linden Tree sings in the breeze with open wings, wings given of and from God.

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Crane from a Tree on a Tree!

As a Traditional Herbal Healer, in contemplation of Spirit, of Herbs, of Herding beautiful animals and beautiful children, I am reminded of all the lessons of teaching from my family of Healers, of Hunters, of Herbalists, of Herders, of Farmers. How we, we each hold the balances of love, of life and death, of resurrection, of destruction, of beautification. How each, is given a great responsibility. How each of us, can choose to live this love, instead of making excuses against the love, or proving, why we are right not to experience a deep love in this deep season of darkness and growing light.

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Hand Loved Made

However deep, we can prove ourselves right by the barring of great love, or we can open and say YES to love and find there is no barrier that exists against it. And YES, the ages of this knowledge passed down, will never die, simply hiding within cycles of light and dark, love and oppression, until we understand.

It is hard to understand without the air touching our face, or frozen earth under our feet. It is hard to understand if one is not standing upright under the cloak, recycling heat under the fiber, from herding the animals, that show to us what we do not understand.

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Hungarian Hound was ecstatic over sensed treats!

We are one with our flocks, yet we nourishing and steward the diversity and the difference. It would be no other way.

Our ways with the plants are the same, we open and say YES to them, and they dance through a prayer of grace in our beings, our souls, our very Mother Earth.

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Our Tree of home-made and gifted Remembrance!s!

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Family Tradition of Hanging Cream Filled Candies! 🙂

One of our Farkas Takács Family Traditions is the hanging of candies filled with cream on our tree. With the beautiful and exciting taste we remember the Gift of Taste we are given. However, this is a later adaptation of an earlier tradition.

We cut the trees, and cut the greens for our house for decoration and celebration, but also, to see and contact the Divine in a closer manner. Sitting with trees, we hear them and know them, and the removal of trees has always been considered a Sacred Action to be closer to God. In doing so, the trees were thanked and given blessing before the fire, and decorating with them brought a connection into our homes with God.  Tree Clearing was only for communion, any other benefit was secondary. The connection with Jesus and Holy Trees is a long one, as well as many other peoples of many other religions.

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See Heart?

From the Song of Songs, there is a little winged beast that beats from the chest, and springs thereof.

To desecrate the world, is to create the greatest of all sins against God.

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Eggs are Everything, but mean nothing anymore except commercial suffering?

In our world today, we would do well to remember the teachings of our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents. I have been besotted with grace to have meetings and living ins with Great Grandparents as well as a brief touch from Great Great Grandparents. Our Family has always been long lived, and for the little that it is worth, we teach our young ones from a small age the traditions that are ageless.

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Pine Love!

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Love is Glittery!

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Merry Christmas ALL!

From a small age, we are taught about living in the boat of the tree in space. For this, we see many and much written account as well as direct teaching. Like Jesus, we die upon the tree, and the soul is born of it. So my Grandfathers taught to me. Not some effort of recitation and early childhood programming…but a living tradition that continues.

And so, when our Family comes together, united, and decorates our Tree of Blessing, it is of handmade, and loving gift, of remembrance. Remembrance of God, remembrance of toddlers, remembrance of the next generation, remembrance of the Holy, of the Divine, of the Connection between Heaven and Earth that is the powerline behind our hearts. We are in remembrance of Love, and continuation to rebirth that into the world through the cycles of light and shadows, compost and seed sprout, tree root and tree limb. We are that which we remember in our herding, in our healing, in our weaving, in our blessing and our heart shaped knowing. We are the remembrance that carries through the growing understanding of multiple millenniums.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And if one has lost family and is not in contact with that anymore, do look for your true home. Pick up your thread, pick up your cloth, pick up your fiber, and your barbed needles, and tease the material until the wisdom of healing pours forth. Then, you will know, and be thankful!

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

All Rights Reserved.

December Herbalist and Food Offerings and Share Shelter Donation!

Hi Azure and Student Folks!
 
This is getting out late this month, so take notice! Our Azure ordering cut-off date is THIS Friday, December 5th at 4 PM with pickup NEXT Wednesday, December 10thbetween the hours of 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.
Himalayan Sea Salt Split…$1.65 a bagged lb!
Koya Designs handmade, Aged Christmas Potpourri 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 for December. Looking towards 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! 
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. 

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A Treasure Bowl!

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.
~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 Takacs-Michaelson, CH
 
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

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

All Rights Reserved.

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.

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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Serendipity Plant Lore School will be at the F.A.R.M. Stocking Up Event this coming Saturday!

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Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies is going to be at the F.A.R.M. stocking up event for its third season! I’ll have a table there with wild foraged and organic garden herbs and hand-made herbal teas from Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies, Wild Mushrooms, and other cute little herb tidbits!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pre-order to guarantee the filling of your order (instructions below), but I will bring extra wild foraged mushrooms, and possibly other berries and teas to the event. Pre-order is October 1st, but I will bring any extras I have too! I have enjoyed being part of this gathering, I love each and every Farmer at the event, hold dearly in my heart the organizers of this group, and highly encourage folks to come grab some local seasonal goodies to stock up for winter from great, sustain-ably minded and organic farmers and producers! This is also a good time, if you have a few questions, to bring them to the event, especially about herbs, healing, pickling, farming and other food subjects/discussions.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I don’t always get a chance to respond to every email, but this is a perfect place to grab my ear for a 5 minute free consultation gab! I’ll also be doing some Herbal Medicine Talks, Traditional Food Preservation Demos and more as time permits. So come on out, would love to see you!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

~Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies
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>>>F.A.R.M. is hosting our second “Stocking Up” event here in SW Washington on October 11th, 1-4pm! Mark your calendars!

What sets this market apart from a farmers’ market or other direct marketing option is the fact it’s an annual event and customers are encouraged to purchase the quantity they would need for a year. They can purchase bulk quantities of staples directly from farmers.

We have very pickily selected farmers that we know and trust, and value agriculture techniques from, to keep this event a wholesome, healthy, and exciting time — keeping the offerings as near as our food shed as possibly possible.

We have several awesome sessions going on, as well as a petting zoo, hay maize, face painting, wagon rides and lots more! Bring the whole family!

Maybe we’ll get lucky and have an impromtu singer songwriter show up like in 2012, or a band like last year!

Pre-orders are encouraged (and necessary for many items). We will be sending out a detailed list of offerings on October 1st, with orders due by October 8th. To receive this list, email getfreshwithfarms@gmail.com and express interest in participating!

See you there!<<<

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

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