We would like to thank everyone who joined us for the Mushroom Workshop with Rytas Vilgalys. It was the last of the Fall series and it was well attended with enthusiastic future mushroom growers. This was one of the most hand-ons workshops so far and we really appreciated folks bringing their tools, your willingness to share and help each other as we learned together. The more people growing mushrooms for their gardens and bellies, the better off our world will be; we hope folks will join us in the early spring for another one! Check
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Herb Walk this past weekend out at Penny's Bend on the Eno, it was truly a beautiful day. Special thanks to Will Endres for his guidance on our walk which sometimes became an "herb stand" given all the information that can be covered in a single location as he peeled back an insightful layer to what many regard as weeds. You can find him at the
Thanks to those who joined us for the worm workshop this past weekend, we had about 20 folks, those of you who couldn't make it were missed. Susan did a wonderful job guiding us through setting up our own worm bins and learning how to keep our worms happy. Some folks that have consistently used vermicompost have had some amazing results in the garden, as well as having less disease and insect trouble.
Thanks so much for coming out to the workshop and being a part of the skill sharing and mutual aid that we're trying to foster together with all of you . Thanks as well for being so generous in your contributions. We raised $350 in the collection and were able to pay Obie $100 for his time and continue to fund the growing community garden in the back of the space. One of the first investments will be in some fire ant bait! Apologies to those of you that were bitten :(
The news from on high over the past week (Palin, Lehman Brothers, etc.) has flashed by quickly enough to force me to register another supreme note of acceleration in our catabolic times. Working with Pacifica in the early 2000’s and editing Donald Rumsfeld and Ari Fleisher’s poetic plausible deniabilities in to three or four minute news segments killed any remnants of faith that I had in a broken system, and so since then I’ve put down my receiver and allowed the inevitability of collapse to no longer be a source of fear but rather opportunity.
Two recent articles in the special Casa: Home & Garden issue of the Independent Weekly suggests folks are seriously reconsidering their lawns.
Jessica Fuller demystifies Xeriscaping in her article Conserve water, beautify your yard with xeriscaping by providing Do-It-Yourselfers useful facts, fictions, resources and the encouragement to get started. From the article: