~ poetic reflections
fall drifts, blanketing the earth
lay your hand on what is precious
gently protect, so it may nourish all that needs it
The end of October marks the last week of our volunteer work parties. We’ve been transitioning the garden to hold a cover crop mix, building epic compost towers, saving seeds and sharing teas. Anna’s seasonal work here is coming to an end, as we bid adieu to our lovely Waldorf friends.
We’ve been experimenting with letting the chickens into a new area in the garden underneath the raspberries- as far as we can tell, they are really enjoy being in there.We had a hefty and delicious winter squash harvest, and we’re thrilled to have 9 lbs of baby beets highlighted in the Annual Whidbey Institute Gratitude Gala.
We experimented with some of the plant dyes we’ve been quiet about until now. We used the weld, dyer’s chamomile flowers, madder root, and japanese indigo that we grew this season. We also experimented with red cabbage and powdered pomegranate. It feels so empowering to grow and gather materials that add more color and beauty to our world. Here’s a fun thought: medicinal plant dying. It’s a new idea to us, that suggests that when we dye with plants that have strong medicinal properties, and then wear these items directly on our skin, we can absorb some of the energies of these plants. Here’s to next year’s dreams…
We were privileged to attend a screening of SEED: The Untold Story. This recently released film exposes efforts to save and protect the seeds of our edible plant diversity, and some of the forces that are currently threatening them. The film is beautifully designed and relates true stories of poignancy and passion. Please, check it out: http://www.seedthemovie.com
We hope that our efforts throughout the year have helped even more people and animals feel at home in the Westgarden. Stay tuned for updates, goals, and actions for 2017. We wish each of you a restful winter!