This is a little video of what went on at the launch open day for the community garden at Bleakhouse Library in Sandwell. The garden has been developed as a community kitchen garden by Countershade, as part of the Sow We Grow Project. Going forward, our Network will be looking after the garden, with the support of the Library. We have lots of exciting plans, so watch this space!
We are still early in the season and have had some challenging weather in gardening terms but the Nettle is never deterred...I have been checking out some of our local patches and already some juicy fresh growth can be observed, picking early makes for a delicious soup with a slightly sweeter edge than usual. I have been out picking firstly to dry for tea to make some blends with the fresh Spring growth as part of my social enterprise The WildWood Emporium, this will be available to buy in the next couple of weeks- as soon as it is dry along with the new product of Nettle pasta. The second reason for me picking so early was to infuse it into Olive oil which I have now done and it is awaiting processing into soap ready for #Nettlefest
We are very pleased to announce that we have received funding for Nettlefest from http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/
We have plenty organised for the day already including a Nettle walk, talk and pick, craft area where we will have Nettle fibre spinning demonstration, Hula Hooping, face painting, speakers corner, workshops and of course Annies famous Nettle beer. We will send out an official line up over the next few weeks and update as we get attendance confirmed.
Another way we are raising funds is by way of TeeChip, I like this idea as opposed to usual crowd funding as you can by a Nettlefest T-shirt or mug for your money, TeeChip take a charge and then produce and ship the items. This is all done on the basis that they are made and shipped once ordered so we have no initial outlay. If you would like to check out colours and prices please follow the link below.
So We Grow Together
More exciting news! We have joined forces with Countershade - To collaborate on their So We Grow Together Project. Countershade is an Environmental Arts Education community interest company based in Sandwell/Birmingham West midlands who teach environmental awareness through a process of Art Education.
The Sow We Grow Together Project has turned the somewhat neglected garden at Bleakhouse Library in Oldbury into a welcoming green space where local people can take part in workshops and events or simply relax in natural surroundings, you can read more about the project here http://countershade.org/blog/
The Sandwell and Birmingham Permaculture group will be looking after the garden and using Bleakhouse library as a base. We also have lots of ideas about how we would like to develop the space we will be basing our community Seedbank there, holding social community events as well as implementing a permaculture plan for the space, we will be holding regular workdays and are organising a small monthly farmers market.
This space is available to be used by every one in the community individuals and groups, schools and other organisations for recreation and social purposes as well as education and holistic therapy.
We are launching this phase of the project on 8th April 11am till 3pm
The Location is Bleakhouse Library, Bleakhouse Rd, Oldbury B68 9DS
On the day we will be holding a Seed/Plant swop, there will be kids activities, music, food and refreshments and local stalls. There will also be a chance for you to do some light gardening if you would like to get your hands dirty, Both Stephen Whitehead of Countershade and Annie and myself of the permaculture group will be there on the day to chat about our respective work and the past, present and future plans for the garden. Please come along weather its to find out more if you are interested to get involved or just to enjoy the space, atmosphere and community vibe.
More Info and promotion to follow soon....
Nettle fibre looms on the horizon!
Quick update on our on going Nettle fibre project - we have very kindly been donated 2 looms by a friend of the group and so our capabilities for experimentation have increased! If you would like to get involved with this project in any way please do get in touch.
Finally please enjoy my latest poetical offering, along with the artwork to go with it, I made the quill from a goose feather collected locally along with ink made from raspberries and I cant tell you how much satisfaction I gained from drawing a goose feather with a goose feather!
And now to this
the spaces in between
a dizzying ascent up the beanstalk
traversing through the vault of heaven
hurtling in perpetual spin to the schism
there I raised a storm
and sat in its (I)eye
Now I travel new dimensions
carried on the wings of a gander
mental calm crashes through new boundaries
brings intuitive foresight and inspiration
New quill, New will
Knew ways to think
berries of red became my ink
sparks of creativity open new portals
Divided we stand and united we fall...
Miocene wisdom of the ages
teaches synchronicity in flight
connection of Mind, Body and Motion
the more we flock together
the higher we fly
understand the power of community
together we travel long journeys on thermal winds
to gain strength and endurance.
Now, strong in my husk amid the chaos
I attempt to explain the unexplainable
greed looses all by striving to gain
but nothing is lost
All is changed
some things slot together and others remain
some energies repel- matter ripped asunder
I keep focused on my journey
to wander through wonder.
So here I am...I feel
shit just got real
in the sacred circle
on this earth
place of birth
bringer of new beginnings
not asking to be thanked
vocal about my boundaries
I occupy my own territory
and I ween that there are more fools
that pass through this place
than remain in it
like the three wise men of Gotham.
A treasure hunt to seek the golden egg
The Arc(t/k) of the covenant
by the power (in)vested in me
by the power that I know myself to be
once upon a time
darkness was my clock, my rock
now I embody dusk and watch
comme un conte de la mere oye
my candle illuminates
an idiom of the flock
spread with good intent
exist in happiness
joy and love enter next
as we gather and spiral higher
I acknowledge that
We do not follow for comfort, we follow for survival.
Things have been pretty quiet here in the Permaculture camp, this is the first blog for quite a while, we have not been overly active in the world at large for the latter half of the year either due to respective personal circumstances that we had to stop and give attention to....However in the words of Pietro Aretino.....Let us love Winter, for it is the Spring of genius. To that end and off the back of a couple of Permaculture meetings at our secret headquarters we have laid down some plans and have news to share....please see below for our updates on Nettles, Seeds and Our shared online Permaculture resource.
In other news i am excited to tell you i have a new job looking after an allotment for a local junior school, see pics above and below, it is a well established site but does have a few issues to contend with, i am currently assessing the site and have started a permaculture plan, ill document this on the blog and on the website but if you would like to come along and visit (or lend a helping hand) to see what permaculture practices i am implementing please get in touch through our contact page. I have also been given the go ahead to hold workshops at this site...which is fantastic news this is in the planning at the moment as soon as we have events going on they will be posted to our news and events page.
SEEDBANK LIST Autumn 2016
This is the list of what we currently hold in the Seedbank...we are hoping to get it out and about to a few events in the near future and will hold a Seed swop event next Spring, but in the mean time if there is anything you would like please get in touch we will endevor to get them to you in person or by post as far as we are able. If you do have Seeds you could dontate to the bank (preferably open source and organic) please do get in touch with us .....we would love to hear from you.
Permaculture Network Online Resource news -
We did have a shared dropbox with lots of information about Permaculture, herblism, Law and ebooks to name a few with the idea being people can join and not only use the resource but add to it too. Due to the cartel like nature of large digital corporations we hit a ceiling on it and could no longer able to upload to it unless we paid them money. I have now moved the entire content onto Mega a cloud storage service with an interesting background http://www.backupreview.com/mega-review/
We are now able to carry on uploading, we are still exploring the sites usability but if you would like to join please contact us and we will add you, we have been adding resources for a few years now so it really does contain a wealth of information.
In the wake of our disapointment of having to cancel this years #Nettlefest we are very excited to announce that we have set the time and place for #Nettlefest 2017. It will be on the 20th May at Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston. This location means we will be able to bring it more than ever before. It is a community based event intended to spread the word about this abundant resource and its many benefits. It is also an event intended to bring the community together to share knowlege skills and fun in a casual setting. In terms of anyone getting involved.....Aside from the Nettle part of the day the emphasis is on the community part....its a bottom up community festival and the loose idea is there are so many people in our communities with knowledge and skills to share that people come along and do what they do!...in essance we are open to offers as it should just reflect what amazing work people already do and provide a space for people to get together and strenghen our networks. In terms of our ideas and what has been achieved before we will be holding workshops/talks...perhaps a foraging/botanical walk. We will have a market place for local stallholders making local produce (food/craft) We need music...through the day ending with a jam round the fire for the last few hours. I would also like this year to have a speakers corner type area...we will have a kids area so need people for that preferably with a current dbs...we usually have about 4 floating volunteers for general work...i would also like some kind of interactive art/craft stuff going on as well as kids face painting. We will have a food area and any helping with photos/doing some filming would be amazing as well as help with promo...we should have a poster ready in the next few weeks...help with set up/clear up would be great too...er thats all i can think of at the moment...but basically anything anyone can do, little or alot would be amazing. Oh and we do ask people if possible that they give a slight nod to the Nettle during what they are doing on the day.
Harvest Nettle now for fibre and paper making as it is the best time of year...i have been busy doing this myself and hope to have some to bring to Nettlefest so we can have demonstrations of working with the fibre and also papermaking...this will be interactive so people can also have a go at this themselves on the day. If you do want to have a go yourself and cant wait till next May then i cant recommend the book
Yarn from wild Nettles : A practical guide by Birte Ford highly enough it contains everything you could possibly need to know and is useful for those of us in the UK as she is based in Scotland therefore her experiments are and have been done on our native Nettle as opposed to Ramie which is a Nettle species native to Asia and the one more widley used especially in commercial terms to make fibre.
During a recent trip to Mid Wales i observed these white blobs on some patches of Nettles at 2 different sites local to each other. I was intregued as i have never seen any thing like it before. After a bit of research it was revealed to be Nettle pouch Gall This structure is caused by the gall midge or gnat Dasineura urticae. Apparently the nettle pouch gall shows a scattered distribution throughout the United Kingdom and is under recorded..there is a map here http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/dasineura-urticae
that covers Leicestershire and Rutland...so if anyone spots any let us know and maybe we could start plotting locations on a map. Interstingly whilest some of this species is considered a pest a large number of species are natural enemies of other crop pests. Their larvae are predatory, and some are even reported as parasitoids. The most common are aphids and spider mites, followed by scale insects, then other small prey such as whiteflies and thrips, which eat the eggs of other insects or mites. Investigations are ongoing but as ever the Nettle being the adaptable plant she is didnt seem overly fussed by the whole thing!
CREATIVITY THROUGH ART
In the latter half of this year for a number of reasons i found myself in a physical and mental place where i felt drained, empty and stuck this lead me to working through this by applying permaculture principles to myself and getting creative to shift the blocks and reach new levels of understanding in order to move on ...See below for a couple of my offerings....
I have been making alot of Pagan Madelas with the same general meaning as the Hindu ones representing the universe/all that there is. So of them are abit off-piste in mandela terms...there is one i did to represent the Sun/Moon, Male/Female but also encompasses non- duality. I also did a Celtic Trinity Knot for Love, Honour and Protection. I have been making quite a few lately for a few reasons, firstly as a kind of meditation....while making the mandela first breathe then focus on the self....i also make them to give thanks and also because i have been sending them to someone i love but cannot be with at the moment...they are inspired by what we talk about, lately we have chatted about love as energy, love as a state you exist in and how it radiates out. The true nature of male/feminine aspects of the self and true, pure human interaction....which incidentally with me loving word play lead me to notice that you can break the word mandela down into Man Del (Spanish for of the or from the) Her.
Please see the short film below of a few mandelas i have created......
PLANT A SEED ALONG THE WAY...is a project i am supporting and helping with please see below for details.....
One Map....One Bike...One Plan....End Unknown
It’s about simple steps that can be taken by anyone...it can take a lifetime to make the steps alone, some people have in the that hope others would not have to....
In the summer of 2017 Paul Haydon is undertaking a mammoth journey from Alicante Spain and travelling across Europe to the UK on his Harley Davidson Roadster 883. You can see a map with his planned stop off points here....
Paul arrived in Spain 4 years ago from the UK as a medical refugee in order to be able to legally produce Cannabis Oil as medicine for both himself and
Others. Working together in Spain with just medical users they took what had been left by others and set to work. They were not lead by anything but pushed to find another way to live, some did not make it - they died. It’s not nice but that's the way it is in the world of mainstream medicine, others will die before he sets off.
Many have spoken out on this issue and taken the moral approach over legal responsibility. Medicine should not be bought into the political arena. We are left in a situation where the healthcare of millions is being cast around by political groups and organisations, whilst the health benefits of Cannabis oil are laid to waste. This issue is one example of many problems we face today living in the shadow of corporate greed and corruption, destroying the planet and seeking to control others...it is time to take back self- responsibility for our own well-being, put forward solutions and share open source information.
Refugee - The Ride to Return
In this world we all ride together, it is time to put differences aside. The ride to return highlights what can be achieved when people can stand together in compassion and work together with honour, respect and dignity.
All are invited to join Paul and ride with him at any point along the journey whatever you ride be it motorbike, pushbike or mobility machine. If you would like to offer a stop off point on his journey for a meal, a nights’ sleep or a cup of tea and a chat please get in touch.
Along the way we will be tracking the journey online and through social media and asking for your help with this by filming and taking photographs also. We would like to chat and document your stories, those who have been affected by the laws surrounding Medical Cannabis.....
One thing is for sure Paul will set of heading for patient number 8 one of many that now have a life to live, thanks to YOU that's right YOU all of YOU.... every one that spoken out over the last 50 years. Or even longer... from your grandfather and mother to your children around you now... together we are showing the world we can and do make change and it’s for the better... Bob rides to honour the ones that are no longer with us.... what he calls his fallen brother and sisters, his army of the dead or Angels..... They are no longer with us....but they sure live on in everything we do...................Please share far and wide..............
Thanks for reading...in case the dark nights are getting you down i leave you with the words of Albert Camu...
In the depths of winter i finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer....catch ya next time....
I am sitting at the computer wrapped in a blanket and feeling very sorry for myself. Yes, it's that time of year when I get my annual seasonal lurgy. :( However, this year, I have an arsenal of herbal potions to ease the misery. More on that later.
Since my last post, I've actually done quite a lot of herbal stuff, starting with an event Nyrees and I did back in October. We were asked to do a presentation stall at an event in Coventry run by the Heart of England Community Foundation. They were the people who arranged our Red Nose Day funding for Nettlefest this year. It was a terrific event, with stalls from a number of very different organisations HECF had funded.
I especially liked the electronic graffiti wall. (You can see our stall in the foreground of the photo below.)
Also in October, I went to two workshops for my Herbal Apprenticeship. The first was at Springfield Sanctuary. We had a lovely day working with the wonderful trees on the site. It is a joy to be in Sarah Head's company, she is incredibly knowledgeable and so generous with her wisdom.
I spent a lot of time with one of the venerable oaks on the site, and brought back some of it's fallen leaves to press.
I've also been to two of Sarah's workshops in Solihull, and the last one could not have been timed better. I came away with a bottle of elderberry cordial, which, together with the elecampane honey I made at the previous workshop, has saved me from the worst symptoms of this vicious cold bug. I shall be stocking up on the elderberries next year, and I have an elecampane root from the Sanctuary which I have planted in the garden. If this doesn't take, (as many of my plants don't!), I shall be begging Sarah for some more. The honey is fantastic for preventing coughs from taking hold.
I've also been on a lovely course which Nyrees ran at Centre of the Earth in Birmingham. The course was, you've guessed it, all about Nettles! I won't say too much about this, as she will be talking about it herself on here, but there will be another one next Spring which I am really looking forward to. Also, a quick heads-up that next year's Nettlefest will be on Saturday 21st May.
I am off to Cornwall on Friday, and will be in Penzance for the Solstice celebration of Montol. This is a fantastic tradition, and I have my mask and my 'lady's hand me downs' all ready. For any-one else celebrating the Solstice, here's a bit of Jethro Tull to get us in the spirit.
Season's Greetings to one and all! Annie
Like Nyrees, I haven't blogged for a while. I've been up and down to my beloved Cornwall, first on holiday, and then to take part in the annual Literary Festival in Penzance.
Dylan Thomas married Caitlin Macnamara in Penzance on 11 July 1937, and to commemorate the event, a plaque was placed on the old Registry Office on the same day this year. My friend Jak, who has amongst other things written and performed a project on Wilkie Collins _https://walkingwithwilkie.wordpress.com/, led two walks around the town highlighting places Dylan visited. (Clue: a lot were pubs.)
Anyway, I played the part of a real life local character, Miss Findlow. Miss Findlow was, oh sweet irony, a herbalist! I have to hang my head and say that I haven't done anything herbal since our Nettlefest event in May. (That itself was a great success, and there are some photos over on the, err, photo page.)
Since then, I really haven't done much, but I have made a tincture from my Apothecary Rose.
I've also dried some petals from my Wild Edric. ("Wild, I was absolutely livid!" as Gerald the gorilla would say.)
This rose is named after a Saxon Lord from Shropshire whose ghost still rides across the hills looking for his fairy wife. Haven't decided what I'm going to do with these yet, but they have a gorgeous Old Rose scent.
All of my roses have done brilliantly this year. Even my Brother Cadfael, which has not been very happy for a few years now. From what I'm hearing, a lot of people are having the same experience.
Talking of Brother Cadfael, if you are a fan of Ellis Peters' 'Rare Benedictine', this is a nice herbal to have. It features all the medieval herbs mentioned in the books.
Actually, I did do one thing since my last post, and that was to make some tartlets using Anne Patterson's recipe from her lovely blog here http://wwootw.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-gifts-of-spring-beauty-food-medicine.html
I used filo pastry, and they're a bit rustic looking, but they tasted great. I would make smaller ones for a dinner party starter. If I held dinner parties :)
Anyway, I shall now take my leave and return when I have something more interesting to blog about. Bye for now.
So as remedy for a bit of clearing and relaxation to re-focus for tasks ahead i went for a walk in Warley Woods and in particular the Wildlife area which i have only just discovered is there. As well as communing with Nature i took a little time to mooch around in the undergrowth to see what flora and fauna is growing there, it is a very diverse spot which includes some garden escapees, what actually grows in these Urban Wild areas is actually very indicative of the current state of society at large.
Please note...i do not pick anything from these areas they should be left how you find them!
Zenith Point in the Garden
As a continuing look at tracking the growth in my garden this year i have taken some more film....i think being able to look back on these films will prove a useful resource through Winter when i am thinking about and planning what to do in the garden for the following season.
We have not had as much time as we would like up at the allotment but establishing our Celtic Medicine Wheel will be an ongoing project heading into next year. We have now got nice patches of Comfrey, Parsley, Borage and German Chamomile. So we have been able to get a decent supply of these to use for herbal preparations.
I have also been working with Rose, after trying the amazing Rose Elixer at Sarah Heads workshop i can testify it most certianly lifts the spirits as well as being astringent, anti bacterial and a kidney tonic among other things- Sarah has written a very informative blog about the Rose here. We do not have a massive supply of Rose here, something i intend to rectify for next year as you need to collect alot of material for most recipes but i have been able to collect enough to make tincture.
It is a similar story with my herbal ally...Calendula i do have a fairly good supply here and at the allotment but you need a to collect a large amount to work with this too. I have been observing the plants and admiring the variance of the blooms but also picking what i can to dry out till i have a big enough supply. We have also been eating them and i have made a flower essence with the petals too....when i sat with the plant earlier in the year it spoke to me of resilience, adaptability and fun but it also spoke to me of looking after yourself and taking time to rest. So if the essence embodies those traits it should serve very well indeed!
Many more formal gardeners would not consider my flat green area a lawn as it holds a multitude of other plants and lots of people into Permaculture would perhaps not consider having a lawn at all but I'm with the kids...we all need a little space to hop, skip and jump in....i also like the fact that when short the grass almost acts like a frame to the rest of the garden as a backdrop to all the wonderful growth around it.
Observing and working with this space is interesting, you can see how different things come up at different times of year and depending on how often/short you cut it. Species and insects come, spread and go depending on conditions and what is growing around it.
I had let the front grass grow as it has a lot of Plantain in it, i not only wanted the leaf but also the Seed for my Wild flour experiment (see below) I have also had swathes of Bee Balm which i have been collecting and also an abundance of Rough Hawks Beard which has no herbal use as far as i know but make for fabulous decoration indoors along with some Buddleia prunings.
There is also a profusion of Clover in the lawn White and Red the later having herbal use but also beneficial in the garden not only do the insects love it but it is also a Nitrogen fixer.
So there may be more to the eye if you are a bit more intuitive and let your grassed areas regain a bit of its Wildness and diversity rather than having a constant battle to retain a flat mono-cultured perfect lawn.
Following on from the Bean study i did a couple of months ago and my research into looking a sustainable locally sourced staple crops i have been looking at contenders for use in making Wild Flour. It will be interesting in terms of the chemistry also to get the right balance, although no doubt it will take much experimentation and i feel when i say bread it will be in the broadest of terms and will be somewhat rustic in nature. So being sourced from the Wild i can not collect a large amount of any one thing. This is because i need to get the balance right, because i want to make it palatable/nutritious and because i don't want to over pick anyone thing. Upon looking i notice a lot of recipes using Wild flour also add wheat flour to so to avoid this and produce a good result i think will be a challenge.
So far i have collected Plantain and Cleavers Seed, i am also planning to have a go with Nettle and Amaranth Seed, Poa Anna - Annual meadow grass, Acorn and Hazel. Im also planning to extend this into using Sunflower, Poppy and Nigella Seed. Then maybe incorporating some dried berries also, if i can find a supply i also think it may be worth experimenting with Monkey Puzzle Trees Seed too.
I will update my progress in later blogs, if anyone has any suggestions or experience with Wild Flour please let me know!
Finally just before i head off back to the garden id like to share a short bit of footage i took at the end of my journey through the Woods where i just sat to relax and ground myself before heading off back into fray.
The Woods are a place i go to step out of linear time....it all melts away and helps me remember the true value of my existence.....
Open your heart to the things that make you joyful,
Be the shepherd of Duality,
We are connected by the healing grace of companionship,
Continue through the Fire and stay grounded,
But reject the mundane,
Sift the insubstantial desires from the true ones,
Find your Hearts treasure,
Engage with Primal Happiness
Now i am ready to Purify...........
So if you have a minute to watch, please relax, enjoy and breathe!
Ode to Nettlefest - The Countdown
On a Monday in May the Nettles did sway,
Then Tuesday came around and Nettle covered the ground,
As Wednesday appeared the Nettles got sheared,
On Thursday as the Sun rose over our County,
we found a myriad of uses for our bounty,
Then Friday arrived, we ate the Nettle and thrived!
NOW SATURDAY IS HERE, its the eve of NETTLEFEST we all cheer!
Just a day now to the big event, here,s the details of the workshops and talks....
0am till 12pm Nettle workshop including Soap and Soup making
with Nyrees and Annie of the Sandwell and Birmingham Permaculture Network
12.30pm (45 mins) - Mother gardens project talk With Felipe Molina of Food Forest Brum
A talk and discussion on the Mother gardens project:
Mother gardens is a network of food growing groups and individuals who grow, propagate, and share useful plants, skills, and resources.
Outlining its core principles, ethics, and goals for supporting community well-being and resilience, the talk will be followed by a group exploration and discussion on creating new models and systems for a new emerging world. https://www.facebook.com/FoodForestBrum?fref=ts
1.30pm (45 mins) - Talk about Compost toilets and Humanure With Martin Doyle of
The little house company http://www.littlehouse.co/
2.30 (30 mins) - Site tour and talk about the work of Ideal for all who run the Market Garden
with site Manager Tim Botfield http://www.idealforall.com/g-opps
3pm ( 45 mins) - Talk and slide show about Karuna with Janta and Merav Wheelhouse - their project and home Karuna Insight Design - is a Permaculture land center...The Wheelhouse family are the founders of the Karuna Permaculture project in Shropshire. They sold their home and invested their life savings into 18 acres of previouly mono-cultural grazing land in order to re-cycle it into a productive multi functional educational facility that could practice and demonstrate all kinds of Permaculture projects. They call their method ' insight design' a holistic way of working which is clearly demonstrating itself as an inspirational and successful approach in the field of Permaculture. http://www.karuna.org.uk/
Id just like to send out big thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, its quite literally what makes the event happen.....if you need directions on how to get to Salop drive Market Garden you can find them on the website under the find us tab....hope to see you there!
Then Friday arrived, we ate the Nettle and thrived.....
Well, well the weather looks very promising....I see blue and yellow on the horizon for Nettlefest on Sunday, if you could join with me to set that intent too it would be most appreciated!
Below is all the goings on and activities you can expect on the day, i will be doing a last post tomorrow with more details on the workshops/talks.
Line- up List;
The Real Junk Food Project
Ginger Spices (Curry)
Drinks and Refreshments
Free Community Seedbank
Art and Craft
If you cant wait till Sunday for all your Nettle needs you can tune into my Permaculture show on D'Ark city radio this evening......i am gonna run through a few Nettle basics, its constituents, nutrient content,uses and herbal actions to show why it is such a valuable resource but then i am going to move on to firstly the more general topic of soil remediation/bio-remediation moving to how the Nettle may play a part in this.
I will also be joined by some Nettlefest participants to chat about the wonder of Nettles and the creation of local events by the people for the people.
On Thursday as the Sun rose over our County, we found a myriad of uses for our bounty.....
Well alot of uses at any rate! We will be bringing you as much Nettle produce as we can on the day that you will be able to sample. We will bringing you our Nettle files plus all the information we have gathered on Nettle so far to share, if you would like to help harvest the Nettle please wear suitable clothing and bring gloves and scissors along with you. We will also be making Soup and Soap in our Nettle workshop so you can even have a go at making your own Nettle produce, some of the things we will be bringing you are:
Soap, Soup, Tea, Plant food, Multi surface cleaner, Herbal super food mix, Nettle Seed condiment, Nettle salve, Cake, cordial, Beer and Tincture
So the question is....are you ready to Grasp the Nettle????
As Wednesday appeared the Nettles got sheared.....
They have indeed, i've never harvested so much Nettle! Annie and myself have been extremely busy cutting down as much as possible. Ive also beenn busy packaging up Seeds. Not long after the Permaculture group started it quickly became apparent that the saving of Seed in the community was something of great importance and interest to us. This is for a myriad of reasons revolving around topics of Seed and food Sovereignty and Security, Health and Environmental factors. For me personally it also links in to my philosophical ponderings on Natural cycles, the Niche/s of Homo Sapiens on this Planet and our possible role as Guardians of Nature.....
.....And so the community Seedbank was born!
We take it to all events we attend, you can also contact us and as far as we are able we will get the Seeds to you in person or post them. There is a list on this website under the Seed heading of what we currently hold in the Bank although it will be out of date post Nettlefest as we will have it with us on the day and hope to be able to give out as many as possible. We will endeavor to update the online list as soon as possible after the day.
The Seedbank is FREE we just ask that you will consider saving some Seed yourself and donating some back into the bank. If you would like some advice on Seed Saving we can help with some tips and have information to share!
Thankyou to everyone who has helped and supported the Seedbank in anyway so far we really appreciate it.....don't forget to come and have a look at NETTLEFEST and see if we can tempt you into growing your own!
Nyrees is a member of the Sandwell permaculture Network, she loves foraging, being creative,permaculture and metaphysical debate!!