From the Hands of our Ancestors

From the Hands of our Ancestors

 One of my most treasured possessions is a little round basket, made by my Great-grandmother Mary Leaf. Just before she passed on, my grandmother’s gnarled hands gently placed a small egg shaped basket in my palm; a lone treasured basket woven by her mother, it’s...
The Seed Apothecary

The Seed Apothecary

  The seeds continue to create the powerful call to action; this past month I was welcomed into four diverse communities to share my love of seed with many others of good mind and heart. It seems as though the medicine of the seeds is deeply needed across Turtle...
Sustenance and Story

Sustenance and Story

Tonight as I chop carrots and potatoes from the garden to make a venison stew for tomorrow, I find my mind wandering to the narratives that have woven together throughout time to bring us the foods that comprise tonight’s culinary endeavor; carrots, potatoes, venison,...
Seed Satyagraha

Seed Satyagraha

Today is the beginning of the Fortnight of Action for Seed and Food Freedom, initiated by one of my heroines, Vandana Shiva.   Today, October 2, is also the anniversary of the birth of Mohatma Ghandi. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of...
Corn Mother’s Blessing

Corn Mother’s Blessing

Fall is in the air.  The rustling of the dry corn stalks signals the time for harvest.  The fall rain could come at any day, so we are busy pulling in all the drying seed harvests.   My favorite part of the corn harvest is braiding the corn for storage.  As my hands...
Capturing Flavor

Capturing Flavor

With the overlap of seasons ( late summer abundance into fall harvest), it never seems as though there are enough hours in the day to get everything done!  I am doing the farm mama dance;  harvesting, cooking, drying, preserving, stirring big vats of sauce,...