Learn how to make medicines out of common garden plants! On two Sunday afternoons this October (October 5 & 19), we will talk about the healing properties of Comfrey, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Lemon balm, & Calendula. (Note: I might substitute Yarrow in lieu of either Valerian or Lemon balm. Or just add it in! Depending on availability of these out of my garden.) Just giving you an idea of what’s in store.
This is a hands on class. We will discuss how to and together make medicines out of these common medicinal plants. Of course we will talk about how to store and how to safely use.
Except for Lemon balm & Valerian, Comfrey, St. John’s Wort, Calendula & Yarrow are all wound remedies. Each has its own affinity, but nonetheless all wonderful wound healers. So they are all great as first aid remedies, of course. Valerian and Lemon balm both have an affinity for the nervous system and sometimes used together in someone who needs help sleeping. Valerian, of course is most famous as a sleep aid, but Lemon balm holds its own in helping the nervous system recalibrate, so to speak.
There will be St. John’s Wort and Comfrey plant starters available for those who might want to grow them. Free. (more…)
Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive? Here’s a link to the trailer of this inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the midst of this catastrophe.
Tagged with: Bill McKibben
, Heart and Soul
, Joanna Macy
, Local Energy
, local food
, Richard Heinberg
, Transition Albany
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, Food and Agriculture
, Health and Healing
, Social Justice
Learn how to make your own home remedies for colds and flus! Making your own home remedies is easy and you know exactly what is in them. This class will quickly cover the following in a presentation:
Preparing for Winter with tinctures, teas & supplies
How to stop a cold/flu on its tracks
Home remedies to help you recover fast
Nourishing food from bone broths to soups
Gentle exercises to nudge you on the road to recovery
The crops are abundant at the Gill Tract Farm and they are available to all in a number of ways.
If you can volunteer some time during the week to help with the never-ending cycle of planting, weeding and watering, you can take home whatever you can use. Just weigh it before you take it away so that we can keep track of how much food we are growing!
Regular volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 7 pm, and Sunday from 10-4 pm (first two hours on Sunday are taken up by the weekly meeting).
If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can drop by the farm stand every Thursday afternoon and pick up whatever you need. The food is free, but you may leave a donation if you wish.
There is now a farm website: http://gilltractfarm.wordpress.com/ with news of special events.
You can sign up on that website to stay informed of what’s happening…
This project is an innovative and developing collaboration between College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, members of Occupy the Farm, the Gill Tract Farm Coalition, and community groups such as Albany Farm Alliance, Transition Albany & Transition Berkeley. Please come and join the fun! The Gill Tract Farm can be accessed either from the Jackson Street gate (cars OK) or from San Pablo Avenue (bikes and pedestrians only).
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006) is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide.
The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.
Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.
Here’s the trailer
We offer it in the spirit of showing people what’s possible when we think outside the box.
St Albans Church is kindly sponsoring the film and the event is free of charge. Bring snacks to share if you would like!