Archive for June, 2012

vacation alert

June 26, 2012

Hey all,

Next week, I’m heading upstate to a sweet little inn on the Hudson River.* I’m keeping my Etsy shop open, just in case you get the urge to order something (like bug spray). If you’d like to receive any items for the 4th of July holiday week, please place your orders by this Thursday, June 28. Any orders placed during the week of July 2 will be fulfilled the following week (July 9).

Thanks and Happy Independence Day!

*Speaking of the Hudson River, and well, all waterways… NY State Governor Cuomo plans to open up hydrofracking in the Southern Tier of the state, near the Pennsylvania border. You can call to oppose the plan at 1-866-584-6799. And when you’re done unloading there, you can bombard his facebook page and twitter feed with a message like: “Please don’t endanger our health and the health of our water, air, and soil… support a ban on fracking now!”

For more on hydrofracking, check out these organizations:

Frack Action

Food and Water Watch

New Yorkers Against Fracking

Water Defense

Catskill Mountainkeeper

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support the homestead at seven arrows

June 14, 2012

Last summer, my life was filled with these tiny miracle retreats up in the Catskills. Spending most of my days here in the city, any excursion to expanses of green countryside is welcome and restorative. But what made these trips special was a combination of the company, the work, and the play time. The company: Meg Paska & co. The work: weeding, sowing seeds, harvesting, squishing bugs (okay, maybe that part wasn’t so great). The play: creek wading, strawberry picking, mountain springs seeking, wildcrafting (to me this is play, even though it also benefits my work).

So when Meg told me she’d be setting up a homestead with her man Neil in New Jersey, I started fantasizing about all of the adventures I could have there, too. Of course, this project is so much more than just a good excuse for me to get out of the city. Meg will be creating an educational farm complete with livestock (rabbits, laying hens, goats), beehives, vegetable growing, and mushroom propagation. There will be opportunities for wildcrafting and harvesting from the surrounding woods and waters, too. Nearby swimming beaches, hiking and biking trails are the icing on top. The homestead will be located at Seven Arrows, a yoga retreat center in Locust, NJ. So there’s also yoga and healing retreats, too. This sounds like a place I may visit and never want to leave.

Thing is, in order to realize all of this amazingness, they need our help. The Homestead at Seven Arrows launched a Kickstarter campaign, and it’s an all or nothing affair. The last day to pledge is July 5. They’re just about a quarter of the way to their goal of $20,000. There are some sweet rewards associated with the campaign, aside from knowing your dough will be funding this awesome project.

You can pledge as little as $1 to get your name & web link on their donor page. You can pledge $25 for some lovely pressed wild plants from the area. For $30, you’ll get a Claudia Pearson-designed Buy Local Calendar Towel 24 x 27″ 100% cotton, vibrant illustrations of local vegetables. If you’re rolling in it and really want to splurge, $1,000 will get you a weekend stay at Seven Arrows complete with farm grown meals, morning guided yoga sessions and local libations each night! Plus, you’ll get a care package of veggies, eggs and goat milk! (or a basket of assorted value added goods made from farm produce. And then the top-of-the-line prize is for those with $5K to chip in: a weekend retreat for you and up to 8 friends.

Help make this dreaminess a reality!