Mar 262013
 

Last Saturday, Lummi Island’s own Whitney Thomas of http://www.organic-unity.com led a three hour workshop on our favorite local spring plant—nettles. This workshop, graciously co-sponsored by The Lummi Island Heritage Trust, started with a foraging expedition on the Curry Preserve where we learned when and how to harvest the nettle. We then moved to the Heritage Trust office where Whitney showed us how to make nettles tea, infusions, decoctions and pesto. We lunched on fresh nettle pesto and crackers. The health and medicinal benefits of nettles are many and i wish more people could have taken advantage of Whitney’s knowledge. However, she is available for private consultations and can formulate herbal remedies based on your specific need. Check out her website.

Here’s what’s coming up on the Grange Country Living Series.

Mike Moye—Chain Saw Safety and Maintenance. April 6 10-12pm Mike has agreed to repeat his well-attended chainsaw safety and maintenance class. Show up for this one. Held at Mike’s shop at the end of Constitution (east side of S. Nugent)

Whitney Thomas— Herbs for Cleansing, Detoxification and Wellness. Cleavers, Dandelion and Elderflower. April 13 10-1pm. $25 fee. Date subject to change. Location TBD. Call 758-7997 for more info.

Karen Kupka—Rag Rug Workshop. April 17, 6:30pm Grange Hall. Limited to four people. (Three spots still available. Note: incorrectly reported as scheduled on April 16.

Judy Olson—Soap Making. April 20, 10am to 12 at the Grange. More details to follow.

The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement—End of Life Workshop. April 23. 7pm to 8:40pm at the Grange. It is a free workshop about making end-of-life choices. Participants will learn why advance care planning is important; how to chose someone to be your durable power of attorney for health care;  how to talk to loved ones and doctors about your preferences for end-of-lifecare; and how to complete advance directive paperwork.

Janice Holmes—Artisan Bread Making in an outdoor oven. May 4, Sat. noon to 5,  2722             Westshore. $5 fee. Janice is a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute. Class                                   size 6. (5 spots still available).

Mary Stack—Cheese Making. May 19- 1-4pm. Grange kitchen

Whitney Thomas—The Heart: Wild Rose and Hawthorn flowers. June 8 10am to 1pm. Date     subject to change. $25 fee. Location TBD. Call 7587997 for more info.

Diana Pepper —Self care with flower essences and accupressure points. June 15, 10:30-12:30 at Tree Frog Farm. $5 fee.

Whitney Thomas—Herbal First Aid: Yarrow, Plantain and St John’s Wort. July 6, 10am-        1pm. $25 fee. Date subject to change. Location TBD. call 758-7997 for more information

Additional workshops are in discussion.

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