When I think back over another week that’s flown by without any writing, I try to think of the one thing that a day would be remembered by: a conversation? a new harvest? a challenge? a storm? By this time of the year I tend to think we’re cruising on auto pilot— that every day has become somewhat predictable and blurry under the steady stream of harvest— but it’s not true. Each day in my history continues to feel distinct, new things pop up, old things remain beautiful, and the blur of early autumn harvest time is punctuated in real time and in memory.Read More
"Useful non-commercial plants of the Youth Farm, aka Weed Walk"
An annual workshop for the Youth Farm crew about plant medicine
(In much better words than I could conjure up on this hot afternoon)
1. I am not an expert. I have been studying herbs intentionally for about seven years, in varying degrees of intensity and in various ways (reading books, taking workshops, class series, and experimentation with myself, friends, and family), but I've only scratched the surface. My training has been focused primarily on Western European herbs that have naturalized here in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many northwest native species. Most of my perspective comes from two teachers, Jaci Guerena and Howie Brounstein, as well as a smattering of other teachers at herbal gatherings and workshops. If anyone ever tells you they're an expert in herbal medicine, run away.Read More
After a mini vacation over the weekend and a grand hurrah event today, I still feel pretty out of the loop on what's happening at the farm. While I was away, the interns transplanted several beds of brassicas and lettuce, but there were very few volunteers over spring break, so not a ton of projects were able to happen. While everyone started catching up on field work today, I was thick in preparing for our annual Chef's Night Out fundraiser at the Hult Center in downtown Eugene. I prefer to stay really involved and on top of all the myriad moving parts of the farm, but I must say that checking completely out for a few days felt like a huge relief. Everyone needs a break, right?Read More