Tuesday, May 5, 2015
the life of a high grade hippy part 2
we love to build gardens which often involves moving lots of mulch and compost around. this is will sweeping off the last bits of a truckload of mulch with his tough guy broom ;) this was for a project we helped a friend with in hyattsville md a couple weeks ago.
we like to promote native perennial vegetables, and gardening in guilds...this is a picture of an experiment last year where we planted 2 groundnuts (apios americanna), and 3 sunchokes (helianthus tuberosa) in suburban clay soil. without any amendments, or fertilizers, and only a half day of direct sun, these generous beings produced well over 20 pounds of food, with the dainty purple flowering vines of the groundnut, climbing gently up the strong stalks of the sunchokes. the show of flowers was beautiful, the roots were delicious, and these are both native plants. talk about a win-win-win :D
in the evening we play around with processing our harvests...these are japanese knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum) shoots we harvested last week, pickling in apple cider vinegar with onions. knotweed is a good source of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that pairs well with quercitin which is very abundant in both raw and cooked onions. right we have mushroom jerky going, and next week will time for more pesto making/nettle harvesting ;)
here's what dinner might look like (depending on who we're cooking for :p) local grass fed, pasture raised burgers, on a bed of frissee' greens, topped with sauteed oyster mushrooms, asparagus, and onions, (in og sunflower oil), and seasoned with black pepper, tumeric, tamari, and bit of mustard, all local except the onion and spices...gotta get more onions living with us :p
on saturdays i lead workshops at chesapeake's bounty, and any day of the week we may take a stroll down to the beach to blaze up a fire, sing some jams and sit with the moon, or wander around the woods in search of mushrooms and other fine forages.
when we part ways, we will often join in a big group hug and chant 3 oms together to deepen our feelings of connection and oneness, and go our separate ways with a sense of peace and communion. this picture was taken at a medicine for the people show we went to last year...easily one of my favorite bands of all time, if you dont know, click the hyperlink and get hip right now lol, this music truly is medicine <3
overall, the circles i gravitate towards are full of beautiful, creative, compassionate, loving souls, who are constantly learning, growing and nurturing each other in so many ways.
i offer this glimpse of hippy living in hopes that it may inspire us all to keep getting more hip, and to always follow our bliss.
loving you family _()_