“Every breath is a giveaway dance between you and the plants.” – Susun Weed
I’ve never really considered it in this way before, but this really made me think about how important our connection with nature is. We, as a planet, really rely on every other living thing, and it’s fascinating to me that something so simple as exhaling gives life to something else. It always seems to come back to that Lion King “circle of life”!
Guys! I am officially a member of the Herb Society of Manitoba, thanks to my lovely friend who got me a membership for my Christmas gift, and my first meeting was nothing short of AWESOME! I love to share these types of events with you because there are so many cool things to become a part of and often no one knows about them until it’s too late. Ie. Homesteader Fest.
The Herb Society meets for a couple hours once a month, usually at the Conservatory in Assiniboine Park, where they discuss society-related things, have some goodies, and then have a guest speaker. It’s only $25 to join for the year and if you don’t want to make that kind of commitment, you can pay $5 per meeting to drop in when you choose and listen to the topics that interest you.
Every month they choose a “Herb of the month”, and this month it was mint. They had a nice Powerpoint up that tells you the different varieties, how to grow it, harvest it, use it, etc. The goodies at intermission generally follow the monthly herbal theme so there was [delicious] peppermint tea and various chocolate-mint baking [also delicious] amongst other healthy snacks. YUM!
If you’re a member, you can also check out their free library where you can borrow books for the month and bring them back at the next meeting. I think the best part for myself is that I am still in the beginning phases of learning about herbs and this is a great place to learn a lot from people who have been doing it for a long time. My point being, don’t feel like you shouldn’t check it out just because you don’t know much, if anything, about it. That’s the point of the group – to educate people! I am personally hoping to learn how to keep a plant alive at the very least. Miracles happen.
Next month’s herb of the month is Lavender and the guest speaker will be talking about Bees: Their importance, threats, urban beekeeping, etc.
As one of the youngest members [by far!], I hope this post inspires some of you to check it out and maybe join as well. Not only are you keeping an old way of life alive, you also get to meet new people who are into the same things as you! And if you aren’t from Winnipeg, search something out in your community!
If any of this has sparked your interest, check out their website here and take a look at what’s scheduled so far! I hope to see some of your lovely faces next month!
Off topic: Update on my worms. In my last post, I told you that they smelled terrible and there was lots of liquid. The extra bedding solved the problem and they don’t smell anymore. They’re back in the mud eating again and I am back to feeling like a good worm mom. YAHOO!
Whatever you love, get involved in it! Animals? Volunteer at a pet shelter. Kids? Get involved at a drop-in centre. The less fortunate? Come down to Siloam and serve a meal! Sports? Join a rec league! Plants? Join me at the Herb Society! Love what you do, and do what you love.
Have a great week!
Love, Ash XO