For the last couple of years we’ve met in late winter to talk about, share and trade garden seeds.
This is a great way to learn more about gardening, meet neighbors, and learn which varieties do best in our area. It’s also a way for those without the financial means to still grow a garden (in conjunction with our free local Seed Library inside the Lawton Public Library and/or the Lawton Community Garden). We shared seeds for vegetables, flowers, herbs, native plants, grains and more! Here are a few photos from past events, we hope you’ll join us next year!
Last Fall we also had a seed-saving workshop where we showed how to save seeds from many common garden plants.
At this meeting, we discussed and sampled a wide variety of naturally-fermented foods. Foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, wine, beer, cheese, chocolate, soy sauce, kombucha, miso, kimchi, are all fermented and these, along with many others, are consumed daily all over the world.
We watched a video by master fermenter Sandor Ellix Katz, learned about the process and the health benefits of of preserving food this way, and had samples of homemade sauerkraut, miso soup, as well as dill pickles, sourdough bread, kimchi, pickled radish, pickled greens, and more.
Here’s a short video introducing you to the concepts, followed by a longer, more in-depth demonstration video like the one we watched, for those who want more detail.
We visited Stone Circle Farm—the home of Rita and Norm Bober, south of Lawton. We saw how they are working on sustainability during a tour of their 15 acres, including a passive-solar home, PV solar array, fruit and nut orchard, vegetable garden, small livestock, medicinal plants, trees, shrubs and more! Rita and Norm are founding members of Local Lawton and it was great to see how they live lightly on the earth on this beautiful property.
We met at Lewis Park for a picnic & discussion—where we got to know some neighbors and community families. We brought dishes to share (mostly stuff from our own gardens or the Lawton’s Farmers Market), our own tableware, plates and drinks. Families were welcome. We talked about what we’ve been doing as a group and looked toward future projects, such as a possible tool-lending library, fix-it shop, and more. Great time had by all, as usual!
We set up a little table at the Summerfest and talked with people about various topics. We had free fresh-picked berries on hand as healthy, local snacks for people to try. We gave out some flyers, made some new friends and had a nice day surrounded by neighbors!
Another sustainable homestead tour!
In June of 2013 we took a field trip to Paw Paw to visit Little Red Hen Farmstead, home of Jonathan and Lori. There they practice many aspects of a sustainable lifestyle including: keeping small livestock, solar and wind power, vegetable gardens, a greenhouse with aquaponics (raising fish and plants together), canning and fermentation, cheese-making, maple syrup making, knitting, natural dyeing w/ plant materials, and more.
Here are some photos from that visit, thanks again to Lori and Jonathan for hosting us, we love what you are doing!