We're pleased to announce our Owl Creek Gazette "Journeys in Self-Reliance" Exposium SEED SWAP will be open to the public at NO CHARGE. Our Exposium Keynote Speaker, Adam Turtle, co-founder of Earth Advocates Research Farm, originally suggested we add a Seed Swap to this year's activities. We thought it was a great idea and are pleased it has resonated with folks far and wide.
In addition to Adam and OCG writer, Roxanne Bare, assisting with this portion of the Exposium, we're pleased that Johnna Schultz of the Effingham Public Library "Seed Library" will be adding her assistance, experience, as well as bringing the Seed Library's seeds to the event too. A bit about the Seed Library:
It began with funding from the Lumpkin Family Foundation, and the Effingham Public Library Seed Library has been available to the public for the past three years. Most of the seeds shared are "easy" vegetable and flower seeds that are hardy and traditionally grown in Central Illinois.
Seed packets are checked out for a year - giving gardeners an opportunity to experience the whole process of germination to harvest. To help facilitate all aspects of the growing and harvesting process, the library makes available a variety of seed catalogs and a seed gathering kit that can be checked out too. The Effingham County Master Gardeners group has been supportive of the library's efforts and assists in providing expertise when questions arise.
So whether you've purchased a ticket to attend our 3rd Annual Owl Creek Gazette "Journeys in Self-Reliance" Exposium or not, you can still bring your seeds to share and swap with others at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall, 512 South Prairie Street in Greenville, IL between 4pm and 4:30pm on Sat. April 16th. This is a great opportunity and one we are happy to incorporate into this year's event!
We invite you to read the March 2016 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette ... and enjoy our wide variety of writers and topics, PLUS our updates on the April 16th Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Exposium! Give it a read by visiting our Current Issue Page
Inspiration for our first Tea by Two blend came from the quote “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The herbs in Resolutions herb tea are specially selected to enhance ones self reflection, renewal and reinvention. This flavorful blend features ginger which is warming and soothing, sage which enhances mental focus, while passionflower and skullcap encourage relaxation without making one sleepy. ______________________________________________________________ * February: Roots of Goodness
In selecting the ingredients for “Roots of Goodness”, inspiration was derived from the following quote by the Dalai Lama, "The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness." Additionally, knowing winter can be a time of hibernation and reflection, a hearty root tea can serve to warm folks up and spark memories of days gone by. With its ingredients of sarsaparilla, birch bark, cinnamon, vanilla bean, ginger, chicory and cocoa nibs, it’s quite possible this tea will remind folks of an old fashioned root beer (without the sweetness of course -- but the tea can certainly be sweetened up with a dab of stevia, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup or even perhaps more in keeping with the flavors of the ingredients, a dab of molasses.) ______________________________________________________________ * March: Spring Greens
The inspiration for our March blend came from the quote, "Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage " by Okakura Kakuzō. This blend of herbs -- lemon balm, nettle leaf, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, red raspberry leaf, oatstraw -- which are among the earliest available for fresh gathering in the spring, are excellent for refreshing and aiding in the cleansing of the inner body. Gentle in nature with a light lemony flavor.