This past Wednesday evening we were treated to a very special evening of learning here at Lost Valley Education and Event Center. Our Executive Director, Justin Michelson, did a Sustainable Living Workshop (SLW) presentation about Edible Native Plants, available for the harvesting right here on our property — literally under our noses — at their proper time of year — mostly late spring through fall.
Justin motivated us to attend, promising tasty samples of many of the plant subjects of the evening. He also promised that he would bring a selection of potted native plants that he and another member-resident would soon be selling in their Native Plant Nursery, a micro-business they are starting here at Lost Valley.
Let me take a moment here to tell you that a rich part of this community comes to the fore during these Sustainable Living Workshops, taught from the diversity-rich bodies of knowledge carried within each of our members. It is required of each person living here that we teach two or three of these SWLs per year as a means of sharing our knowledge and passions with one another and the greater community. These events are advertised on our Facebook page and the public is encouraged to join us. Even if you don’t live close by, please Follow us and Like us.
I knew that Justin was starting this nursery and that he had been working very hard to get some of the preparations done before leaving today for his month-long, silent meditation retreat in California. However, I was unprepared for the momentous impact that his presentation would have on both me and Tomas — it was one of those life-changing events that shifted us to a new perspective and one that will continue to influence how we look and interact with our food for the rest of this lifetime.
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