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Feverish Gardens and Being Human

Summer is peaking here in Portland and our sustained 90+ degree days have been fueling all these hot crops I never use to succeed with back when I lived on the Humboldt Coast.

Just brought in a beautiful little crop of potatoes too.

I know the time I spend growing food could be traded for enough money to buy all this food from the store many times over (well, maybe not the tomatoes), but growing food brings me sanity, comfort, and meaning, which often feel in short supply in this modern life.

My garden is my sanctuary and place of respite, and reminds me that we can meet our own human needs when we have access to the resources, like land, that should be held in common and held sacred.

a few upcoming classes and events

{More classes have been added since this entry was posted – Check out the classes page for an updated schedule!}

I’ve got a few fun opportunities for you to participate in coming up this summer! I’ll be joining The Herb Shoppe crew as a practitioner in their booth at the Mississippi Street Fair, offering 15-minute mini consultations! I’ll also be presenting a hands-on workshop on growing medicinal plant starts from seed and cuttings at The Portland Nursery on Stark Street. Stay tuned for more classes to be scheduled at The Herb Shoppe soon.


UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS


Saturday, July 14, 2018 • 1-3pm: 

Mini Health Consultations at The Mississippi Street img_1757Fair 

Location: The Herb Shoppe booth, 3912 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR

Cost: By donation

Consult with Selena to illuminate patterns in your health and reveal your unique constitution using the practice of Ayurveda. Selena can offer simple herbal, diet, and lifestyle guidance to help you realign with your natural rhythms and feel your best.

Wednesdays, July 18-August 22, 2018 • Noon-4pm:

The Herban Resilience Class Series

Location: private garden in Outer SE Portland. Cost: $165-240 sliding scale.

Registration deadline July 13th. Click here to learn more!

Sunday, August 12, 2018 • 11am-1pmMedicinal Plant Propagation Workshop 

baby medicinal plantsLocation: The Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St, Portland OR.  Cost: $5

Join us to discover how you can grow your own medicinal plant starts from seeds, cuttings and root divisions. You’ll learn the best way to propagate plants like lavender, rosemary, sage, skullcap, mint, bee balm and more, and will go home with a couple new plant babies to nurture.

Herban Resilience Series Registration Deadline Extended to July 13th

We’ve reopened registration through Friday July 13th, and have set a new start date of July 18th!

Join us for our weekly series for lively and intimate conversation and hands-on exploration of health, resilience in a time of crisis, community collaboration, and healing with medicinal plants.

In a quiet backyard garden setting we’ll touch in weekly on medicinal plants you can easily cultivate and prepare into healing tonics for your friends, family, and neighbors. Partial scholarships available to anyone in need.

Learn more here, and join the conversation on Facebook here!

Herban Resilience flyer 6-23-18

 

Closing words from the Allied Media Conference by adrienne maree brown

by adrienne maree brown

http://adriennemareebrown.net/

“we claim the power
of our outrageous grief
our righteous anger
our responsibility for our precious lives
our interconnected individual and collective joy
and our impossible magic

we embrace our edges
that they may teach us to grow
in right relationship to the living world
our human messiness
our weird and brilliant wonders
we know how to be
in so many incredible ways

with these gifts we can
foment a revolutionary now
that centers love, care, needs
creativity and magic

we plant the seeds of radical honesty
vulnerability, authenticity
and the kindness that eases inevitable change

we will not settle!
we will grow weirder and wilder
more interdependent
for our liberation
for our liberation
for our liberation!”

How will we claim our power today? How will we embrace our edges now? Let us foment this revolutionary now, together!

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Tomorrow: Herb Walk at Powell Butte!

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Tomorrow is our walk together – it is forecasted to be clear, sunny, and warm, so please dress to protect yourself from sun and bring water. I took a walk here with students on Sunday, and there are so many flowers and herbs to see – it’s an ideal time to take a romp through the meadows at the summit!
DIRECTIONS: From SE Powell Blvd, turn south on SE 162nd St and follow it until it dead-ends at the park’s welcome center by the upper parking lot. Meet at the Powell Butte Welcome Center by the bathrooms.
No one turned away for lack of funds. We want you to join us!
More details at the class page here.

In one word- LUSH

A wild and peaceful stroll along the Cape Horn trail along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. We didn’t venture down to the cape itself, as the trail is closed half the year to protect Peregrine falcon nesting sites.

Cape Horn Trail, WA

Beginning along the trail, enveloped in cow parsnip and larkspur.

Tiger lily

Delightful tiger lily

Maiden hair fern

Lovely maidenhair fern

Baneberry

Goatsbeard

Wild honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Cow parsnip and larkspur

A fairy’s garden of cow parsnip and larkspur

Columbia River Gorge

Breathtaking Columbia River overlook

Fringe cups

Sparkly fringe cups

Western red columbine

My old friend, western red columbine