Days are shortening as night lengthens bringing us to the Autumn Equinox when day and night are equal, officially marking the beginning of Fall. Come join Hayfork Cooperative to celebrate the ripeness of harvest season and to prepare our bodies for the coming winter. What a fine evening of celebration and preparation we will have thanks to three fine women from the Trinity Alliance for the Healing Arts (TAHA) who will lead us in this. We will gather on Tuesday, September 20, from 7 to 9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State hwy. 3 in Hayfork.
Mari will open the evening in prayer and will close it with her healing, singing bowls. These crystal and stone bowls present the power and wonder of sound in a unique and beautiful way. After the opening Margaret Richards, who teaches SongKeepers classes, will take us on a fun and healing journey into group singing in honor of the abundance of nature and our lives in Trinity. Rhyssa Scott-Smith will tell us about TAHA’s vision, history, offerings, and the TAHA Community Wellness Center. It is located at 140 south Main Street, intersecting Oregon Street in Weaverville where you are welcome. The addresses for their cool, colorful informative websies are http://www.trinityallianceforthehealingarts.org/ and www.facebook.com/TAHACommunityWellnessCenter/.
These women will also have some of the products for sale that they make from their explorations into sources of healing. Do join them and Hayfork Cooperative for an informative, enjoyable and healing evening.
Do join us Tuesday, July 19th, 7 to 9 pm for a “Forest Talk”. Once again Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3 in Hayfork has invited the Hayfork Cooperative to use its comfortable premises to present another program about sustainable, responsible living in the Hayfork Valley and surrounds. In Trinity County we of course live in rugged, forested mountains managed mostly by federal agencies--predominantly the United States Forest Service--and private timber companies. These forests are so central to our lives and important to the economy of California that it makes sense to be updated on what is happening in and to them.
This forest talk will begin with a half hour film documentary ‘Seeing the Forest’ produced by the Forest Service Employees For Environmental Ethics (FSEEE). It deals with the the origins of the pivotal change in forest management from considering the forest little more than a big box store of timber and water to seeing it as a whole ecosystem of life that all lives here depend upon including our own, and that needs holistic consideration and care for life to flourish. Former US Forest Supervisor Jim Furnish and Executive Director of FSEEE, Andy Stahl, and others explain the reasons for and the restorative changes that occurred on the Suislaw National Forest because of the the US court’s ‘spotted owl decision’. The Suislaw National Forest is located in central, coastal Oregon and in many respects is similar to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Discussion, including questions and answers will follow this film.
Then, former Trinity County Supervisor Jeff Morris now co-director of Northwest California’s Mountains and Rivers will tell about that organization’s purposes and goals, including the restoration of the South Fork of the Trinity River. They are working with local conservation organizations, business owners, land owners, biologists, Native American tribes, hunters, anglers and other community members to develop a legislative proposal that protects and restores many remaining wild public lands and rivers in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte Counties. All are welcome at this free and informative event.
Hayfork Cooperative is welcoming summer with a very appropriate presentation by Hayforker Ryan Tarbell who will be presenting at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 Hwy. 3 in Hayfork, on Tuesday, June 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. All are invited to Ryan’s cutting-edge report on the status of organic/ecological no till agricultural production systems. Ryan is a graduate student at Washington State University. His research focuses on cover crop residue decomposition in reduced tillage, organic systems and the nutrient cycling and yield characteristics associated with these systems.
Conventional no-till has become a standard practice for agronomic crops such as corn and soybeans. Organic no-till systems are much more problematic because these growers do not rely upon herbicides for weed suppression. These biocides are known to negatively impact life in the soil and the immediate ecosystem and not just the target ‘weeds’. Much research is currently underway to overcome many of the hurdles that face organic no-till systems that are taking agriculture a step forward by reducing the soil erosion caused by conventional ploughing and tilling. Plus reduced tillage systems also conserve and increase organic matter levels and biological communities in the soil compared to conventionally tilled systems. Implementing an organic reduced tillage system in your garden or on your farm takes planning and knowledge. Come learn the important issues surrounding this exciting farming technique so you can put it to use in your garden. Do come welcome this new ‘growing season’ by learning of this positive new development in producing food.
Come to the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting Tuesday May 17th for a celebration of the music of the ancestors of this place, both of the indigenous and immigrant peoples. This will begin at 6:30 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3 in Hayfork with the Manzanita Chamber Ensemble performing. The ensemble is three musicians--two recorder players, and a cellist-- and 6 singers presenting music from 15th and 16th century Europe. All of these performers are from Trinity County and the cellist, Rolayne Bashaw, is their spokesperson and is from Hayfork. Although they are not charging for their concert, donations to help with travel and other expenses will be very appreciated.
The Trinity Drummers will then drum and sing old Wintu songs, as a fundraiser for the Wintu Educational & Cultural Council. Tammy Russel will read a few old Wintu legendary, parable stories. Some members of the local Wintu band, the Nor El Muk, will then host a questions and answer session. So bring your questions and learn more about life here before the immigrants arrived.
A local wild edible mushroom expert, Adrien Key, will bring tasty mushrooms from our forests to sell with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council. Lana Craig will be donating a large number of fine books about Native Americans to the Hayfork Community in honor of the Nor El Muk. So come to enjoy the evening and give to the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council.
The world around us is greening-up. The red Indian Warriors are thrusting out of the forest floor and millions of tiny California Gold flowers are carpeting some meadow areas. Spring is arriving! This is a perfect time to come to the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting for Christina Johnson’s presentation on medicinal plants that grow wild here or are easily grown in our gardens. This is a free event but donations are welcome for the presenter and the server.
Christina Johnson is the founder and owner of Wild Mountain Herbs, a local producer of quality local medicinal herb products. She gathers wild medicinal herbs and grows many varieties in a wild and remote area. Johnson moved to Trinity County in 1989 with a vision that people should be able to make a living growing and harvesting the abundance that nature has to offer, to live a life in alliance with nature. She now has over 25 years experience growing, harvesting and processing medicinal herbs in Trinity County. Johnson’s products are sold in several stores regionally and she sells at the farmers markets in Weaverville and Redding.
From her extensive knowledge Christina Johnson will share growing and harvesting methods as well as medicinal uses of several local plants. Plants she will touch on include: Burdock, Catnip, Calendula, Chamomile, Dandelion, Echinacea, Garlic, Motherwort, Mullein, Red Clover, St. John’s Wort, Usnea, Valerian, Vervain, Violet, and Yerba Santa. Johnson will offer some medicinal herb plant starts for sale. Come learn more about these amazing herbal plant helpers. We look forward to seeing you there
Have you ever looked at a picture of a coral reef or snorkeled above one and been awed by its beauty? Possibly wished you could not just look at it, but be a part of it? On Tuesday, February 16, 7 - 9 P.M. at Northern Delights Coffee House, 7091 State HWY 3, Hayfork Ginny Rice will be presenting an information talk on coral reefs and showing a video of her scuba diving adventure to Palau and its coral reefs.
The first part of the program will encompass the life cycle of coral, how reefs grow, how they contribute to the economies around them and the environmental dangers that threaten them. There will be information about the country of Palau followed by Ginny’s video of Palau and diving its reefs. Ginny hopes that through this presentation, she can educate and bring greater awareness of our oceans health and the things that are being done to preserve its fragile ecosystem.
Ginny Rice is a long time resident of Lewiston, here in Trinity County. She began scuba diving fifteen years ago and became enamored of the sport. Ginny has made diving trips through much of the Caribbean, the Channel Islands off California’s coast, Australia, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Indonesia and Palau. These diving experiences sparked her interest in coral reefs and the role they play in our oceans. As secretary/treasurer of Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment, environmental issues are important to Ginny. Now not just trees, but coral reefs and their environment, call to her.
Thankfully a real winter seems to be here! As we turn more inward, cozy in our homes, it is an optimal time to consider the role our environment plays in the state of our health and well-being which is a key step in living consciously. Creating personal energetic sustainability should be a priority in our busy lives. In order for life and business to operate smoothly, we need to create environments that provide a balanced, strong flow of chi to cultivate and sustain our energy. When we design our environments utilizing the goals and concepts of traditional Feng Shui we create greater ease in our lives. This enhances our personal potential, the health and happiness of our relationships and family life, and success and enjoyment in our work lives.
At the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting, Tuesday, January 19th (7:00-9:00 pm) at Northern Delights Coffee House (7091 State Hwy 3, Hayfork), Julia Baldwin will introduce us to the three most fundamental Feng Shui steps we can take to achieve vibrant, healthy, and joyful lives. She will also discuss traditional Chinese geomancy and specifically, how to read the 'dragon veins' in our mountains. This information is helpful when selecting dynamic building sites.
Julia Baldwin, traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultant, has lived in Trinity County for 40 years. Throughout her lifelong relationship with the natural world, she has focused on creating spaces that heal and nurture the human spirit. She entered the professional world of Feng Shui after many years in the healing arts as a massage therapist, women’s health care professional and Waldorf educator. Her many years living off the electrical grid, abiding within the rhythms of the land and the seasons, has imbued in her a keen sense of the subtle energies that influence our well-being. Julia’s experiences as a gardener, builder, designer, and domestic artist were reinforced and strengthened by the rich curriculum of the Golden Gate School of Feng Shui, where she studied and graduated in 2009. The focus of her studies and her current consulting practice at Sense Of Place Feng Shui blend traditional Chinese/Taoist principles with a focus on contemporary eco-sustainable design principles. She offers many specialized consultations, which can be seen at her website: senseofplacefengshui.com
On this Thanksgiving, may you all have had a fine opening of the festive ‘celebration of light’ season. It begins with gratitude and moves into joy, love. peace and a focus on the highest that human hearts conceive of. One of which is, of course, gathering together to celebrate relationships, and the sharing of good food, good times and our talents. The Hayfork Cooperative will do this at its annual festive celebration Tuesday December 15th at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State Highway 3, Hayfork for a free supper-- provided again by a generous HC member-- and a good time together.
Some Hayfork Cooperators will delight us with their talents: singing, playing music, dancing, telling a story, reciting their poems, and displaying their artwork. After eating we will pull back the tables, and Hayfork’s Tom Thoreau, a seasoned Contra Dance Caller, accompanied by musicians, and local dancers will demonstrate the dancing and then invite everybody to join the fun.
Also a treats exchange will take place: bring some delectable, edible treat like 6 cookies to give, and take home a treat brought by someone else. We hope you can join in this exchange but it is not mandatory for participating in the evening
We hope you can join us and add light and delight to this gathering on the edge of the shortest day and longest night of the year.