Herbal Tea Chains

Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Lori Weidehammer led us in a herbal tea chain workshop where participants learned to identify health-giving herbs, dried fruits and spices. While enjoying the pleasure of each others company, community members created herbal tea chains to take home to make their own infusions.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Herb drying workshop

Madame BeeSpeaker had two groups of students from the local elementary school create herb drying racks as a way to understand the role of herbs in culinary and medicinal practice. Students worked with herbs from Madame Beespeakers garden and the MOP garden as well as the Moberly Cultural Herb Garden. They were led on a meditative exploration of the Moberly Herb garden using their five senses, collecting a variety of their favortie herbs to add to their drying rack. Upon completion, they labeled each herb- comments included"did you know you could eat every one of these?"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Herb Seed Balls for Pollinators

Madame BeeSpeaker led community members in a herb seed ball for pollinators workshop at the Sunset Community Centre in early May.

A young community member submitted this poetic reponse, inspired by Madame BeeSpeakers' workshop- Thanks Jack!

BEES and BALLS for the EARTH

Once there was a man with a seed

Bigger than usual

It Wasn't a SEED

It was a SEED BALL
It Was For The BEES


And Then Came The BEES

And the flowers and the the trees

The End

By Jack Greene (5 1/2 yrs old)This workshop had community members producing a quanity of seed balls providing an act of generosity to share with many!

Seed balls originate from an ancient form of agriculture performed by creating balss of seeds, clay, and compost then sowing them on the surface of the soil. The seeds remain dormant until environmental conditions allow them to germinate and flourish, creating nectar and pollen-rich habitat for pollinators