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GROWING COMMUNITY: The Tale of Two Community Gardens

By Natasha Nargis Community gardens throughout the world aren’t a new idea, but continue to spring up each year. One of the largest community gardens is in Barcelona, Spain. Can Masdeu is the social and environmental learning center of a community of squatters, established in 2001. The lush gardens overlooking Barcelona began when a radical group took over an abandoned building and the land surrounding it. The organic community garden feeds the residents and the surrounding community, and is cared for by both.  In the UK and the rest of Europe, closely related “allotment gardens” can have dozens of plots, each measuring hundreds of square meters and rented by the same family for generations. Commonly held land for small gardens is a familiar part of the landscape, even in urban areas.  In American community gardens, there is a strong tradition of cleaning up abandoned vacant lots and turning them into productive gardens.  Alternatively, space for community gardens is more and more often included in public park space. Historically, community gardens have provided food during wartime or periods of economic depression, as well as providing a sense of community. Access to land and security of land tenure still remain a major challenge for community gardeners and their supporters throughout the world, since in most cases the gardeners themselves do not own or control the land directly. Railyard Community Garden Community...

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GOOD VIBRATIONS: Artemesia

Artemisia makes a business of wild-crafting herbs in DixonBy Wolf Schneider I stockpile the Lavender Honey from Artemisia Herbs like a squirrel stashes nuts in winter. Folk wisdom says consuming locally grown honey helps ward off springtime allergies. That’d be a bonus.  Mostly, this smooth, rich honey has always seemed like the purest distillation of lavender I could find. Plus I like anything related to Artemis.  In Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation. The daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, Artemis was said to be Mistress of Animals. This earth goddess was sometimes also considered a moon goddess. It wasn’t just a creative quirk that Susan Feavearyear, 50, named her Dixon, NM-based company Artemisia Herbs when she founded it 17 years ago. Feavearyear has been an herbalist for more than 20 years, and knows all about herbs and myths and mystical, magical truths.  “I’ve studied with herbalists all over the world,” she says. “I’m mostly interested in vibrational medicine. The way I work with plants and people, it’s a vibrational healing energy that is in alignment with my oneness philosophy that we’re all interconnected in the universe. It’s vibrational medicine, and the plants are part of our healing.” The Lavender Honey is one of Artemisia’s biggest sellers, along with the Muscle Relaxant and Sound Asleep tinctures, Muscle Ease lineament, Osha...

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Artemisia makes a business of wild-crafting herbs in Dixon

 I stockpile the Lavender Honey from Artemisia Herbs like a squirrel stashes nuts in winter. Folk wisdom says consuming locally grown honey helps ward off springtime allergies. That’d be a bonus.  Mostly, this smooth, rich honey has always seemed like the purest distillation of lavender I could find. Plus I like anything related to Artemis.  In Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation. The daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, Artemis was said to be Mistress of Animals. This earth goddess was sometimes also considered a moon goddess. It wasn’t just a creative quirk that Susan Feavearyear, 50, named her Dixon, NM-based company Artemisia Herbs when she founded it 17 years ago. Feavearyear has been an herbalist for more than 20 years, and knows all about herbs and myths and mystical, magical truths.  “I’ve studied with herbalists all over the world,” she says. “I’m mostly interested in vibrational medicine. The way I work with plants and people, it’s a vibrational healing energy that is in alignment with my oneness philosophy that we’re all interconnected in the universe. It’s vibrational medicine, and the plants are part of our healing.”   The Lavender Honey is one of Artemisia’s biggest sellers, along with the Muscle Relaxant and Sound Asleep tinctures, Muscle Ease lineament, Osha Root Honey, Candied Osha Root, Lavender Body Butter and Lavender...

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edible DIY: Classic French Vinaigrette

homemade salad dressingBy Kate Manchester Last week I returned from a short overnight trip, and as is my habit I had a friend stay at my house to sleep with the cat and make sure the dogs don’t miss a beat while I’m gone. It’s a great deal for both of us; I have peace of mind, she has quiet time sans kids, but the big bonus (according to her) is that she gets to eat my food. Just for the record I cook, a lot, and generally have pretty great leftovers. After being away even for short trips, a cup of tea and a little kitchen time is how I ground myself and reconnect. So while I was waiting for the kettle to boil, I took a peek in the fridge. I know my fridge intimately, and when something doesn’t belong, it stands out. Like a sore thumb. I stared in mild disbelief at a bottle of store-bought salad dressing. Nothing all natural about this particular suspect—rather it’s a gunky, thick orange substance, with more than one ingredient I cannot pronounce. I take the orange yuck to the sink and quickly pour the offending substance down the drain, rinse the bottle with hot soapy water and then set to work.  Out comes the cutting board, whisk and bowl. A chopped shallot here, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch...

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Homemade Salad Dressing

Last week I returned from a short overnight trip, and as is my habit I had a friend stay at my house to sleep with the cat and make sure the dogs don’t miss a beat while I’m gone. It’s a great deal for both of us; I have peace of mind, she has quiet time sans kids, but the big bonus (according to her) is that she gets to eat my food. Just for the record I cook, a lot, and generally have pretty great leftovers. After being away even for short trips, a cup of tea and...

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