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Growing Well

June 3, 2019

Our Dawn Chorus heritage organic trials garden reaches out to spearheads community initiatives from our small patch. We have created accessible community opportunities for people to improve skills, build awareness & gain independence for positive change. Gardening offers physical exercise and self awareness; offering opportunities to explore control and reflection that is of particular use for mental health service users and participants suffering from stress and low self esteem. Our work always challenges racism and bullying and builds self reliance and networks information to individuals in the community who may feel isolated, such as carers.

We have been developing mindful movement and mindfulness in nature practice & resources for health and wellbeing.  Some people may question the value of these practices but we are reminded reminded that Albert Einstein would have seen this as physics: he referred to everything being energy and said if the frequency of the reality that you want is matched -you get the reality that you want. This made a  great discussion topic and we have been exploring ideas with Fever few plants, inspired by our supporter, Jacqueline Durban http://radicalhoneybee.blogspot.co.uk

Below: feverfew flowers and feverfew flower essence preparation.

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Our environmental projects empower people in a stimulating natural environment and build community cohesion.  We have been looking at the work of India’s “Seed Mother”, Rahibais. This amazing woman saved eighty varieties of native seeds and linked failing health to hybrid seeds. One of our supporters, Linda, said: “All small growers could learn from this”. Giant Greek butterbeans and tomatoes are growing as good companions in the garden. Lettuce and mustard salad greens are starting to grow on well and we are excited that yet more heritage seeds are still germinating including yellow winter radish and pretty, tiny red threads of newly germinated beetroot are just showing as the micro shoots pop out of the seeds. Nature observation, calm observation of detail and difference and development of empathy offers transformational understanding.  This is just one of our “nature nurture” wellbeing tools, used to develop holistic learning skills. Children can, for the rest of their lives, draw upon a developed wider bond with nature and wildlife.

Below, garden magic:  left-pulmonaria known as lungwort was associated with the doctorine of signatures because the leaves were thought to look like lungs. Right- gardens with interest capture the imagination.

At this time of year in the trials garden, we are just starting to collect heritage seeds to sow & share next year: here cutting leaf celery is flowering to produce seeds and amazing angelica has formed its seed heads that are ripening for sowing next year & for use in baking biscuits. Our Kozy-Kitchen healthy eating project project is still in demand after 31 years. It covers basic skills and specific skills, such as identification, food preparation, cooking, reading recipes accurately, measuring ingredients and understanding healthy eating and wellbeing.

Below: angelica seed heads and flowering cutting leaf celery.

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