|12th Harvest Week||June 13th - 19th, 2006||
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children no longer learn how to read the great Book of Nature....
We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great
liturgy of the heavens."
What’s in the box this week: (content differences between Family and Small Shares are underlined/italicized)
Tues July 18
Aug 25, 26, 27
Sat. Sept. 23
Sat. Oct 21
For me to celebrate the seasons is to stop and remember that much of
what we do on this farm is linked to the very cyclical rhythms of our
planet. It may seem obvious that we dwell on a planet that turns once
a day on its tilted axis and wheels around the sun once a year, and is
circled by its own large moon. It may also seem obvious that we depend
on plants and animals for the air we breathe and food we eat. To celebrate
is to stop and remember that we share this planet, linked and interconnected
with the rest of nature. To celebrate is a big part of what Community
in Community Supported Agriculture stands for and to gather in celebration
is one way to partake in the lifecycle of this farm. When I was barely
5 years old I remember the excitement I felt when seeds of lettuce, tomato
and radish I had planted in a hidden corner of our garden started growing
and how proud I was when I ran into my mother’s kitchen with the
first edible samples. To celebrate the seasons is to awaken a sense of
wonder and excitement about our connection with the outdoors. It seems
ever more difficult to pull a child away from virtual entertainment powered
by an electrical outlet over the magic and awe inspired by exploring
new frontiers in nature. Although a farm may not be as thrilling as nature's
great cathedrals such as Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, I often believe
that it is our farms that can bridge our connection with nature by experiencing
the fundamental relationship we have with her through the food we receive.
Hope to see you all on the Farm this Saturday for our annual Solstice
Celebration! - Tom
From Debbie: This year, I’d like to make a more concerted effort to collect recipes for the dishes you make, so please bring your recipes! On them be sure to put your name (so I can give you credit if I use it in the newsletter) and somewhere obvious take care to note whether your dish is vegetarian (or vegan), or contains meat, dairy, eggs, nuts or nut oils, etc., for people with allergies or diet limitations (a simple ingredient list would be fine also). We’ll have a roll of masking tape so you can tape your recipe to your dish and I will collect them after we’ve all eaten. We’ll also try to have 3x5 cards and pens for last-minute labeling for those who don’t bring recipes.
Also: let’s make an effort to avoid using disposable plates and utensils.
Bring your own picnic plates/cups/utensils/cloth napkins (if you have them)
so that we can minimize the non-recyclable waste! We’re members
of an organic farm... we can do this!!
For the first time, Live Earth Farm is inviting the CSA community to explore how spirituality may be an element in our relationship with the Earth. For this first forum, which will be on Tuesday July 18th, we have invited three speakers to present their perspectives and experiences on the subject, with the special presence of Carlos Buby from Brazil. We will have a potluck at 6pm, which is the farm's traditional way of celebrating Community! By the way, this is me Constance, Farmer Tom’s wife, writing to you all about this great event! I have been organizing this for the last couple months, hoping that this expanded vision will be of interest to our community and will attract future speakers who may share with us their Nature-based wisdom, regardless of religious beliefs. See you July 18th!
When: Tuesday July 18th
Where: at Live Earth Farm
Carlos Buby would be referred to in the United States as a shaman, i.e. someone who has mastered the art of reading and relating with the spiritual dimensions of Nature (including human nature!). His teachings have been well received in Europe, Brazil and the USA due to the universal quality of his philosophy that advocates the preservation and integral development of Life. During his lecture (which starts at 7:30pm) he will explain the importance of perceiving the dynamics of Nature and what this philosophical approach represents in our daily life.
Thomas Broz will share his philosophy of being a steward of the land, and how his spirituality is a source of inspiration to build a sustainable farm that integrates not only the human but also the plant and animal communities.Brian Barth will introduce us to the Mataganza Garden Sanctuary which is a project he has developed on a portion of the farm's land. Mataganza refers to a meeting place for the sacred and the profane: a place where people can experience the sacredness in Nature and learn the practical aspects of designing sustainable ecological systems.
Notes from Debbies Kitchen . . . . . . . . Have a recipe youd like to share? Contact Debbie. A couple people have sent in avocado recipes, but first a blurb on Dinosaur kale for any newbies out there! - Debbie
or "Dinosaur" Kale
*Click Here* for a link to a comprehensive listing of recipes from Live Earth Farm's newsletters going back as far as our 1998 season! You can search for recipes by key ingredient. Recipe site is updated weekly during the season.