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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 and gain independence for positive change. Gardening offers physical exercise, self awareness and opportunities to explore, control and reflect…all useful 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, networking information to individuals in the community, such as carers, who may feel isolated.

We have been developing mindful movement and mindfulness in nature practice along with resources for health and wellbeing.  Some people may question the value of these practices but we are 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; in tandem with an activity exploring  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, Lincolnshire snake beans, tomatoes including orange banana, climbing courgettes & squashes, grow as good companions in our garden. Lettuce, mustard greens, other salad and leaf vegetables grow on well. We are excited each time more heritage seeds germinate, such as the tiny micro shoots of yellow winter radish popping out of the seed or when tiny red threads of newly germinated beetroot just show. Nature observation: the calm observation of detail and difference and the 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 wider bond, developed with nature and wildlife.

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

In the trials garden, we collect heritage seeds to sow & share year on year. Pictured below is cutting leaf celery, in flower to produce seeds and our amazing angelica with ripening seed heads. Angelica seed cab be sown or used in baking biscuits

Below: angelica seed heads and flowering cutting leaf celery.

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