SHED: A Modern Grange

Just north of San Francisco, in Sonoma County, lies Healdsburg, CA. It is a nexus for artisan producers, farmers, food entrepreneurs, and artists creating a local food culture. Shed is a host to this re-emergence of food traditions. They are one of the few venues for offering series on Biodynamic agriculture education and beekeeping classes. Local artists, food artisans and activists like Frances Moore Lappé share their expertise.

 

Ariella Chezar of the FlowerSchool New York, and author of the new book The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruit, and Foraged Materials will be there in an upcoming event, as well as many more.

 

They have a restaurant, kitchen, pantry, market place, fermentation bar, cafe, and modern grange that hosts events and classes. http://healdsburgshed.com

VERTICAL GARDEN SYSTEMS: A DIY essential for going green

 

Here is a DIY Project to get you thinking creatively. Vertical gardens have many shapes and sizes. From large multistoried buildings, to intimate spaces, we've seen vertical gardens taking off as an essential design for going green. This design trend is an answer to greening our cities and helping us maximize the space we have. 

If you ever find yourself with the urge to put a splash of green in your home in a major way, put some fresh herbs right in your kitchen, or somehow stir up a self made spa in your own bathroom — this DIY option to grow vertical could have you doing all the above in no time! You’ll learn a simple design element that could have you planting an edible garden and change your space for good.

Green Wall Planters are starting to pop up every where and for good reason. For urban gardeners who are cramped for space vertical gardening is a great design option. These innovative space savers are a must-have for any one interested in growing food in small spaces. Wooly Pockets is one such company who produces vertical garden systems and wall planters made from 100% recycled milk jugs. And these guys are well made. They are even strong enough to hang inside without leaking, yet porous enough to allow the plant to breath.

Wooly Pockets are the perfect container for adding a fun and useful design element to a kitchen wall or planting a fragrant herb garden above your bath. They are easy to use and get started on your own. You can start small by adding a pot or two in creative ways to an existing wall or you can take kitchen gardening to a new level by hanging the pots together to create one solid lush oasis of green, as an edible kitchen wall or out door privacy screening.

The planters are a fit for a DIY project that is only limited by your imagination. Start simple with one or two containers in a sunny to partly sunny spot and fill them with a few of your favorite herbs. They are so simple to install that they can even do the job of self watering! So give them a try if you are looking to maximize space or add some edibles to your home, patio or walls. 

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WOLLYPOCKET

SEED: A LIVING LEGACY

We can only preserve heirloom seeds through active stewardship. If we don’t grow them, they become lost. And because we are at a time when traditions have been lost, the importance of learning and taking part in these traditions has never been greater. The Living Seed Company, based in Pt. Reyes Station, is owned by Astrid and Matthew Hoffman. The Living Seed Company shares seed and educates on seed saving. They are dedicated to open-pollinated heirloom seeds, and donate seed and educational materials to schools to preserve seed and the life affirming art saving seed. 

When possible they use open pollinated seeds that are specific to our region. Openly pollinated seeds are those that grow naturally and are true to the parent plant, adapting over generations to their particular micro-climate.

Saving and sharing seed is pivotal to our world culture and heritage. When seed is diverse, it feeds the pollinators, the soil and all of life.

When seed is genetically engineered with terminator genes, and can only live with the counterpart chemical fertilizers, diversity disappears.

Seventy-five percent of the bees on the planet have disappearedAccording to scientists, bees and pollinators have an essential roll contributing to the diversity of life.

Groups like Seed Savers Exchange hold collections of seed that contain thousands of family heirlooms, entrusted to them for preservation.

"We have a squash variety in our collection from SSE member Norman Turner. He sent us the seeds of the ‘Turner Family Original’ squash in 1992 with a letter describing a pie pumpkin raised by his family in Pennsylvania “for at least three generations.”  He urged us to “keep this valuable fruit going” as he aged, acknowledging that his children may not “continue to propagate it as previous generations of the Turner family have.”  Offered frequently in our yearbook exchange from 1992 to 2011 and now grown throughout the country, the ‘Turner Family Original’ squash is safe in our care."

This is the art and beauty of preserving a living legacy of diversity for future generations to share.