Hello again and a special welcome to our friend, Spring!
There is always such a dramatic shift in our lives as the winter season slowly loses its grip on life in the north. All the weeks of planning for a spring that seems so distant can quickly turn from dream to action. It is my absolute favorite time of year, when I have the spirit and stamina to really enjoy all of the extra effort (unlike in the fall when there is still plenty of work to do after a long season which has likely drained away much of my energy and enthusiasm). I am much more likely to venture out of the house and off of the farm now that spring is here and the days are growing ever longer. I find myself happily attending more gatherings, and am very pleased that I have had opportunities to share my presentation on Micro Farming again this spring.
The Edmonton Seedy Sunday event has been a yearly gathering of garden-minded and earth- spirited people for over 15 years. It’s likely been much longer, but the first I personally attended was in 2003 (www.edmontonseedysunday.org). I attended this year as a vendor at the market of over 30 participants and was one of the many speakers. The session was well attended, and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking and sharing with a room of interested folks. Although I have had to work through (and continue to work through) some nervousness about speaking to a large group, once I get going on the topic of gardening it’s hard to stop me. I’m very happy that my life now includes these types of opportunities and I am making even more room for education opportunities in the future.
The next opportunity for me to share my Micro Farming presentation will be on April 28th at this year’s Resilience Festival, located at the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton and presented by the Edmonton Permaculture Guild. There will be a vendors’ market, conversation cafes, workshops and much more. For more information, please visit their website (www.edmontonresiliencefestival.com) or find them on Facebook.
As a whole, Kate, Trish and I agree that we would like more opportunities to learn and to teach as well as to create and to grow. We are busy dreaming of how to invite others to experience the very special ecological systems of this land, to be immersed in nature and to learn about her gifts. We plan on hosting other instructors and facilitators who would like to have their classes in this beautiful natural setting and are looking forward to welcoming nature clubs, musicians, creatives, chefs, groups and individuals who are interested in tours, workshops, dinners, retreats and spiritual gatherings. We are just in the beginning stages of planning but will likely be having a couple of events this coming summer and fall.
If you are interested please keep an eye on our website and future newsletters for upcoming events. There is a beautiful opportunity here for a deeper human connection and a stronger relationship with nature. We look forward to following that path…
With deepest gratitude, we wish you a lovely spring!