Saturday, February 5, 2011

Planning for Spring

The sun is returning, and between updating websites, making herbal medicine as always, and cleaning out closets, I am making an inventory of my seeds, thinking about what to order, with a view to grow even more food this year, and getting super excited about next week's Seedy Saturday!  Lillooet's 3rd annual Seedy Saturday will be on Feb 12th at the Friendship Centre, followed by a seed saving workshop by local seed saver expert Sue Senger.  This is hosted by a group I am happy to be part of, Lillooet Food Matters, which formed in 2008 to address our bioregion's food security.
On the home front, we are looking forward to the spring when we can turn the water back on at the house site and start plastering.  The bales are surviving the winter well, due to the large overhangs of the roof, designed to reduce the intense solar gain during the summer and still allow the winter's sun rays in.   The plastering, we hope, will be accomplished with the help of the infamous and wonderful Mud Girls, who we are currently communicating with and who will hopefully facilitate an earth plaster workshop, here, sometime in May.  Stay tuned!  If you are interested in attending such a skill sharing workshop, where you will learn the ins and outs of earth plastering in exchange for your labour (and a small daily fee for yummy organic food), let me know by email:  info at gilliansherbs dot com.  
You may also be interested in a volunteer, work exchange, apprenticeship arrangement (often known as WWOOFing) - read the older posts (esp. 2008) to find out more about us and what we offer, and/or sign up with WWOOF Canada ( and search for Vast Mountain.  You can also email me directly (see above).  We are most interested in people who can commit to more than a couple of weeks, preferring a longer term stay, and who want to learn and help with growing food and all that entails, herbal medicine making, and who like kids!