Introductory Workshop on Making Medicine from Local Plants
How to use local domesticated and wild plants to help heal and enhance your health, and to have suggestions to offer others about how to do so will be the focus of a two hour workshop on Tuesday, March 19th starting at 7 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse in Hayfork. Susan Bower will overview how to identify, harvest, gather, prepare and store medicinal parts of herbs, crops, weeds, shrubs and trees. She has been doing this for decades in Trinity County. How to use these medicines will include introductions to: the healing properties of many plants; books, both general and specialized; the importance of mentors and listening; some ways to index what you learn in order to facilitate easy return to it; and rudimentary understanding of the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology and illness. Susan will end with comments pulling these together into how to diagnose health problems and to determine what medicines to take and how. All are welcome.
An overview of this overview borrowed from Nathaniel Altman is:
Healing is more than eliminating disease symptom; it is a process of achieving wholeness, alignment, and enables us to express our unique potential more fully in our work, study, and relationships with ourselves and others. The healing journey not only helps us connect to our own inner rhythms, but also brings us closer to our spiritual nature and the world around us.
Hayfork Cooperative meeting and special presentation
We have a very special uplifting presentation for this season of inspiration and reflecting on the light — ‘returning’ of the sun, and on peace, love, joy, all those good things! And it will be brought to us by two very supportive members of Hayfork Cooperative: Patricia Morrison and Claudia Bird.
Walking the Camino
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrim path that has been traveled for over 1000 years by saints, scholars, bandits and crusaders, and modern wanderers continue to follow this trail today. Numerous books have been written about the trek and the recently released movie “The Way” details the journey made by a fictional group of people.
Claudia Bird and Patricia Morrison made the 500 mile trek in early summer this year and will share pictures and stories of their adventure. They will discuss how they planned for the trip, what they packed and other information to help potential “pereginos”.
All are invited to this free presentation which will take place during the December meeting of the Hayfork Cooperative at Northern Delights on Tuesday, December 18, at 7 p.m.
Check out Judy Godair’s alphabetical listing of the Hayfork Cooperative’s lending library books here on our website. Also borrow from these books at HC meetings to which Judy faithfully brings them. This collection also now includes a CD rom of 6 of HC’s presenter John Dennis Liu’s documentaries—all of which are hope inspiring.
Because the HC website is presently under construction, please bring your thoughts and contributions for potential inclusion on it. All past HC presenters are invited to submit write-ups about what they offer to the community: products and or information. This invitation is extended to all co-operators.
We look forward to celebrating our cooperative life here in the Hayfork region, together at this next very inspiring HC meeting.
Our next public meeting will be held at Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7pm. The program will include a half hour film documenting the amazingly successful land restoration achieved by local people working together on huge landscapes in a short time, in China, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Filmed and produced by American Professor John D. Liu, ‘Hope in a Changing Climate’ will be shown on new large screen the Lanziseras (the new owners of Northern Delights) have recently purchased. (It is thanks to Neil Harvey of Hyampom and National Public Radio program he produces that we first learned of John Liu and this documentary. This excellent NPR half hour program, Bioneers ‘Revolution from the Heart of Nature’, is broadcast in Hayfork at 99.7 at 10:30am on Fridays.) To view 'Hope in a Changing Climate' on your computer go to www.whatifwe change.org/blog/?p=582
This will be followed with a presentation by Hayfork resident Fred McLearn who with his wife Melody own and operate McLearn Trucking and Landscape Material. Mr. McLearn will discuss landscaping principles and materials and tools they offer for sale. They work with another local resident who grows trees here from seed that are well adapted to our conditions and are available for purchase. Besides practical applications of landscape improvement such as soil erosion control, the McLearns aim to help make Hayfork more beautiful, one property at a time. This will be followed by a question & answer and discussion session.
Please join us for an enjoyable and informative evening. Remember to check out Hayfork Cooperative’s lending library managed by Judy Godair. Feel free to bring seeds, plants, bulbs, etc. to share. If you have magazines and periodicals that you are finished with and would like to give them to others before recycling them, feel free to bring them to share. At the end of the meeting they invite you to discuss Hayfork Cooperative and where you want them to go as far as programs. They do not ask for dues as this is a cooperative. However, please support Northern Delights with your business or a small donation. They want each of you to have a say in the programs and in the decisions. They are here to guide only, not to push a program. More info or if you have suggestions talk to: Susan Bower, Garrett Spillane, Peggy Siers, Adrian Keyes, or Todd Taylor. The public meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month - please note this new day! They hope you will join them for this free event.
Update: John Dennis Liu is documening work in Haiti that has similar objectives. See www.whatifwechange.org/blog/?cat=7
Therein John states:
We don’t have theoretical climate changes. We have physical disruptions to Earth Systems. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change requires physically restoring organic matter in soil, biomass in vegetation cover and protecting biodiversity.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is acting with courage, grace and dignity by empowering the local people of Haiti with knowledge and opportunity to solve their own problems. What the good people working with SOIL in Haiti are illustrating is that there is a huge workforce ready to mitigate and adapt to climate change and that doing this is the same work needed to end the poverty and misery they currently endure.
I’ve always wondered why Haiti was so poor. On this trip I began to understand what has happened. In 1804 Haiti won its independence when the people rejected slavery, rebelled against the French and took over in a revolution. Then the French demanded that the Haitians pay reparations for their “Lost Property”. This was 10′s of millions of dollars then and would be the equivalent of more than 20 billion dollars today. It took over 100 years but the Haitians actually paid for their freedom.
The colonial powers feared that following the Haitian example all over the world colonies and slaves would demand their freedom and independence. This is exactly what happened. But by then the world had come to understand that you can’t own human beings and no other former colony was expected to pay their oppressors. Seen from this perspective the trouble Haiti has seen seems much more understandable and the work of SOIL and the people of HAITI is magnificent.
SUSTAINABLE LIVING WEEKEND at Bar 717 Camp Trinity. All ages welcome. Great for families! Highlighting organic gardening, homesteading and permaculture. Sustainability is the key to our future and the future of the planet. In this 3-day workshop they will reveal proven techniques for making the most of the space you have, so you can enjoy fresh, natural, healthy home-grown food wherever you are.
Methods you learn will work anywhere, whether you are growing in containers on your back porch or apartment balcony, or you have a suburban backyard or a homestead farm. They will combine teaching and lectures with hands on learning. Their intent is to give you a well-rounded understanding of sustainability, along with some practical hands-on skills to grow your own organic garden. They'll also discuss methods to preserve your abundant harvest.
You are welcome to arrive FRI MAY 25 in the afternoon. After dinner they'll have introductions and fire circle. Saturday they will go out to gardens for hands on learning. Focus will be on preparing garden beds, planting seeds, transplanting starts and making compost. Sunday will be learning how to preserve and store food. Monday will be a short day with a review and closing circle. Evenings will be spent relaxing, watching a slide show and playing music. After breakfast each morning, they'll discuss and teach basic principles of organic gardening, permaculture, food preservation and animal husbandry.
You will have a chance to meet their animals and see how to care for chickens, goats, milk cows and pigs. There will also be time each day to relax or take walks by the river. Paula the Camp Gardener and her husband David (She'om) will be your instructors. They have been homesteading and growing most of the food for the last 30 years. They present the joys and frustrations of a sustainable lifestyle in a fun and easy to understand way. They will save you lots of work and trouble by letting you in on some of the mistakes they have made and would never make again.
Meals will be organic, non-GMO and largely grown right there on the ranch, vegetarian and ranch meat dishes. Accommodations are rustic and include staying in one of their private or double guest rooms or on the platforms (think 'cabin', open on one side with a view of forest or pasture). Platforms each have a bathroom and sink, with showerhouse nearby. They also have single or double guest rooms with private bathroom and shower. More info: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-628-5992. Also, see their website at http://www.bar717.com/ and at http://www.bar717.com/workshop.php