Week of February 25, 2014 - snow, live out apprenticeships, green goddess week and heart health...

Monday, February 24, 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous
Greetings to you all.

Whew! What a bunch of snow and ice and weather we have been having. My driveway could be a winter Olympics site: icy and steep and worse now that it is thawing.

I am reminded that the old timers looked forward to the snow and hard freezes because it made the roads smooth! Traveling by sleigh was much more comfortable than being bounced to death in a carriage.

Last week I mentioned that snow is poor person’s fertilizer. Every drop of rain and every snowflake starts with a grain of dust. The snow and the rain bring those mineral-rich grains down with them when they fall, fertilizing and aiding the plants. As I said, if rain were purifying, we would live on a sterile planet.

I can hear the plants breathing a sigh of ease now that their roots are deeply buried in the snow. This will protect them from frost heaves, which occur when the frozen ground is warmed by the sun shining right on it. Frost heaves have torn a large chunk (bigger than a car) out of the paved road that runs by Laughing Rock Farm.

Live-out apprentices wanted. After a string of years with big groups of live-out apprentices, no one, not a soul, has applied for the live-out program this year. Read all about it here and give me a call (I am in the office on Wednesdays from 11am to 4pm east coast time) if you have questions.
We also have a few spots left for the Green Goddess Week. White Feather and Yvette and I look forward to spending deep time with you. It is not too late to apply.

I will be teaching in Orlando this weekend. Hope to see lots of Southern friends there, including you.

Did you know that honey has lots of benefits for the heart? The teleseminar Robin Rose Bennett and I did on heart health got me interested in the best foods for the heart. My pick of the 13 best foods for your heart includes avocado, berries, chocolate, fatty fish, garlic, honey, kelp, leafy greens, nuts, oats and oatstraw, olive oil, pomegranate juice, and shiitake mushrooms.

Herbalists, of course, tend to consume a lot of honey. So glad to know it is good for my heart. And even better when combined with herbs. I’ll show you how on the next page.

Green blessings.

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