CSA Early Bird Discount Ends Feb. 1!
Little worm wiggling among the seedlings in the greenhouse…
When you envision your community, what do you see? We see bustling farmers markets, happy, informed consumers, bountiful CSA boxes and new farmers breaking ground. In 2013, we saw great strides in the building of a sustainable local food system. This year, we’ve got to KEEP ON GROWING!
Joining a CSA is one of the most important ways individuals can shape their communities and local food systems. CSA members provide the support that keeps small farmers going during the off-season and that support keeps chickens fed, seeds growing, and workers paid. To thank those “Early Bird” CSA members who trust us to grow their food, we’re offering 10% off membership for those who sign up by Feb.1. Plus, return members get an additional 10% off!
If you’re thinking about signing up, now’s the time!
Yokna Bottoms Farm 2014 CSA membership will be capped at the current level.
2014 Pricing: Full $650 & Half $385 (Before discounts!)
Return plus Early Bird Discounted Price: Full $520 Half $308
Early Bird New Membership Discounted Price: Full $585 Half $346.50
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Sustainability Within: Part 1
“We must learn to slow down, restore, and renew our spirits in the Winter .”
Winter: the time of restoration, turning inward, preparing for rebirth in the spring, hibernation…things the natural world does quite well. We human beings, not so much. We exist somewhere between the rhythms of the natural world and the rhythms of modern society. For example, most of us don’t have jobs that allow for three months of blissful, restorative winter hibernation. We trudge through dark, short days, longing all the while for the comfort of the beds from which we tore ourselves. Some of us feel sad during the winter, so many of us, in fact, that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the first thing that pops up if you Google-search the word “season.” We talk a lot about sustainability in terms of the environment, agriculture, and food systems. But what about sustainability within: maintaining our bodies and spirits, using the natural world as our guide, taking care of ourselves so we can build stronger, healthier communities…
Here, I talk to Lindsay Wilson, herbalist and wellness guru extraordinaire. Lindsay and her partner Mandi Burns Sandersown Sweet Gums Springs Apothecary in Starkville. Their awesome tinctures, teas, and infusions are available online and locally at B.T.C. Grocery in Water Valley.
Okay, Lindsay…Tell me a little about Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary?
It’s a plant-based herbal apothecary inspired by the Wise Woman Tradition, Eclectic Physicians of the 19th Century, American Herbalism, and folk herbalism. We grow, harvest and wild-craft most of the plant material ourselves. We formulate and prepare everything as well. We have an herbal CSA, we sell at farmer’s markets, on-line, and wholesale to select businesses. And, we offer workshops and plant walks at certain times of the year.
As an herbalist, what’s your take on Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD? What’s going on with our bodies/minds during the winter months and how can we work with the rhythms of the seasons to take care of ourselves?
SAD, to me, relates to the energy of this time of year. We are a linear culture that only likes progress. We have not learned that progress only comes when we work within the limits of nature. We have a peak season — Summer — and a trough season — Winter. At least, that is the case for most temperate regions. We must learn to slow down, restore, and renew our spirits in the Winter with reflective exercises, connection with community, and soulful experiences. Winter season in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is kidney season. The emotion connected with kidney energy is fear. Most of us do not happily run up to fear and its challenges. It is the Winter months were we have to crawl into the darkness and find light in our own hearts. Every Winter we get another chance to do this. However, most of the people in our culture are busy running around with holiday to-do lists. We, therefore, overlook the soft whispers of our own spirit and those around us. Some herbs to help with bringing the sunlight into your heart into the Winter months are calendula (also good for the immune system) and St. John’s Wort (also eases pain). These are two examples of Winter allies for those with SAD. Nutritionally, I also suggest fermented cod liver oil as it is packed with bioavailable Vitamin D. With decreased sunlight hours, a good boost of Vit D really helps. Further, the liver is known to store Vitamin D from sunlight from previous sunnier months for the Winter months. We can aim to get 15-20 minutes of sunlight a day on our skin during peak sunlight times and boost our Vitamin D output in the Winter months. For those who work office jobs, eating lunch outside is a must.
What kinds of herbal treatments would you recommend for winter?
In addition to the SAD protocol above, I would suggest warming herbs and spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and black pepper. I would also suggest herbs that work on the kidneys/adrenals such as schisandra, nettles, eleuthero, and goldenrod.
Are there certain foods or meditation/yoga positions that complement wintertime herbal treatments?
I suggest restorative yoga classes and yoga nidra for the Winter months. Also holding poses longer in one’s regular practice such as downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and forward fold. When the head is below the heart, the immune system is bolstered. Also, simply lying down increases immune system function.
How do the rhythms of modern society conflict with the rhythms of nature/our bodies/minds?
Ha! Well, in every way! I think one of the most important efforts for any person these days is to attune themselves, as best they can with natural phenomena. We need ritual and meaning in our life to make a pact with the natural world that we are listening and in dialogue with it. We do have a great spiritual sickness that is being abused by the modern culture. It is up to each of us to reclaim the gentle, organic, sensitive, compassionate, wild, and fierce natures of our whole self. Otherwise, we are living half-lives and non-human lives.
Sustainability Within: Part 2
with Susannah Furr, M.Ed, LP