• In the Herb Garden,  Recipes & How-To's

    Spring on the Micro-Farm

    First year in the expanded garden is off to an amazing start! We took advantage of the unbelievably mild weather and got planting nice and early. Lots of seeds are already sprouting up: radish, hakurei turnip, broccoli raab, mizuna, peas. The star of the show for me, though, is the Chickweed. She has spread from a few isolated strands in a corner to several little patches throughout the garden. And right now, she’s full of tiny white flowers. A glorious Springtime sight! (The largest, most succulent patch is taking over one side of a meant-for-vegetables, big raised bed. Hawkeye keeps mentioning it’ll have to be moved. I haven’t told him…

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    Re-Green & Reconnect to Revitalize

    Really cold. Ice and snow. No close parking…. But the plant people of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meetup Group came out last night to watch a favorite film, Numen: The Nature of Plants. I’ve seen this documentary which focuses on the healing power of plants and the natural world several times, but its herbal stories and stunning plant images still move and inspire me. This morning, I stumbled across two other inspiring documentaries on YouTube: Permaculture – Greening the Desert and┬áThe Great Laws of Nature: Indigenous Organic Agriculture. Permaculture – Greening the Desert is the story of the re-greening of desertified,┬ásalted land in Jordan, 2 km from the Dead Sea. Impossible…