SUNRAVEN GARDEN WORKSHOP: PRESERVING THE HARVEST

Preserving the Harvest

Join us this Saturday for a hands-on workshop at SunRaven Farm. Spend time with community and learn how to preserve your food (and maybe some flowers ) so that you may enjoy the summer’s bounty, even during the winter months. Expect to take home some goodies! 

This event is free for garden members; $35 for non-members.  Families welcomed.

REGISTER HERE

Details

Date:
Saturday, October 21st
Time:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Venue

SunRaven Farm
501 Guard Hill Road
Bedford, 10506 United States
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Workshop: Cultivating Creativity in the Garden – Sat, 9/16/17 @ 10:30am

 

Gardens have a magical way, one may even say sacred way, of healing us, inspiring us and nurturing our body, mind and spirit. This workshop will help you connect with nature in a way that inspires your creativity.

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Where you would normally see the garden as a place to grow nourishing food, herbs and flowers; let it also be a place to awaken your senses and nurture your creativity.

 

Everyone has the gift of creativity.  SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine provides a safe and relaxed place to spark and nurture your creativity and encourage it to flow. We will explore themes such as rhythms, movement, texture, color and balance in nature and each participant will create mosaic mandala using natural plant materials found in the garden.

Tickets for this event are $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 years and under.
(parent supervision required)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Details

Date:
September 16
Time:
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Venue

SunRaven
501 Guard Hill Road
Bedford, 10506 United States
 
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Summer Pop-Up Shop – Sat, Aug 19

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BEAUTYCOUNTER and SWEET EARTH BLOOMS & BOTANICALS are two companies that share a philosophy to sustainably source and produce products that are good and safe for us and for the environment. That is why they have joined forces on August 19th and invite you to a SUMMER POP-UP SHOP located at the Slow Medicine Wellness Studio in Katonah, NY from noon to 4pm.

Come meet representatives of Beautycounter, who’s mission is to get safer beauty products into the hands of everyone. Beautycounter will be sharing examples of better and safer beauty products!

Enjoy making bouquet or floral crown of local and sustainably grown specialty cut flowers at Sweet Earth’s flower bar. Sweet Earth Blooms & Botanicals offers a flower and herb CSA, as well as produces a line of specialty herbal teas. Our teas are home-grown without any synthetic chemicals and nurtured using biodiversity and sustainable practices. Teas will be available for sample and can be purchased in beautiful, hand-painted jars that are dishwasher safe (these are great as gifts), or in bulk bags.

Spring Seedling Sale!

We may be in the midst of a nor’easter, but spring is just a week away!  Get a jump start on your vegetable and herb garden with seedlings grown to order by Sweet Earth Co.

Non-GMO and organic seeds used, and all ecologically grown.

Choose from a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.
View our 2017 Crop List and let us know if Sweet Earth Co. can help you.

Contact us for plant suggestions, pricing and availability.  

 

Xenia
Sweet Earth Co.
(914) 703-5509

http://www.SweetEarthCo.com

Sweet Earth on the radio!

I had set an intention for myself that during 2017 I would ‘step outside of my comfort zone’.  How I was going to achieve that I did not yet know.  However, just out of the 2017-gate an opportunity presented itself . I was invited by Dr. Michael Finkelstein, the Slow Medicine Doctor, to be a guest on his radio talk show.  A little nerve wracking yes, but fun.  We talked about how gardening feeds and nurtures us — mind, body and soul.  We talked about the SunRaven Garden Co-Op, a holistic and experiential garden and farming experience that I am so excited to be part of, and I had the chance to talk about my flower and herb farm at Sweet Earth.  In particular, how it is part of the slow flowers movement and how it is a natural extension of my work in sustainable gardening and a manifestation of my passion.  Have a listen.  Slow Medicine Radio: Gardening for Health

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Come Join Me…

…for Healing Teas & Honey at the Slow Medicine Cafe

Slow Medicine Café

December 18 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

$25

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Come join us for a relaxing Sunday brunch at SunRaven, a tranquil and healing environment. We will provide a farm to table breakfast of freshly picked greens from our garden, an egg frittata, coffee, and teas. Food is Medicine.


This month’s Café includes special guests who will be offering 15-20 minute sessions:

The Slow Medicine Abundist, Peter Harriss
The Slow Medicine Astrologer, Demitra Vassiliadis
The Slow Medicine DreamWeaver, Warren Falcon

Additionally, we will be offering products (healing teas and honey) by The Slow Medicine Horticulturalist, Xenia D’Ambrosi

Cost
A suggested donation of $25 for our Slow Medicine Foundation
$10 for children between 10 and 15
Free for children 9 and under

REGISTER at http://slowmedicine.org/event/slow-medicine-cafe-8/

 

we are thankful

Sweet Earth Co. has so much to be thankful for this year — exciting projects, gracious clients, amazing support from family, staff and friends, and as always the opportunity to experience the wonder of Mother Earth as we connect with nature.  I love what I do and I’m passionate about sustainable gardening, landscaping, and farming.
In addition to our ongoing mission and projects of designing, maintaining and teaching about sustainable gardens, this year Sweet Earth Co had the opportunity to launch two new ‘slow’ ventures. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to launch our vision of a healing garden co-op at SunRaven Farm, the home of Slow Medicine. This program provided members with a hands-on, working and learning garden experience that nourished the body, mind and soul.  Stay tuned for more to come at SunRaven.
As well this year, Sweet Earth Co started a flower farm offering local, sustainably-grown flowers, which has been  dream come true.  I love flowers — they bring beauty and light into our day and a smile to people’s faces.  Joining the ‘slow flowers’ movement was a no-brainer for me — it was about making a conscious choice to grow and sell local flowers in an earth-friendly way.
This year was all about making dreams come true, fueled by mindful passion and the love and support of those around us.
We have so much to be thankful for this year.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Xenia

Late Summer Shares Available

Sweet Earth Flower CSA is offering a late summer share.  Treat yourself or a friend to 9 weeks of fresh, local flowers from now through September.

At Sweet Earth Co. our field flowers and herbs are grown in our gardens naturally without the use of any synthetic chemicals and nurtured using biodiversity and sustainable practices. Flowers are usually picked the same morning as members get their share so you can expect 5-10 days of fresh, assorted blooms each week.

Our weekly bouquets can go right into your vase at home or use them to create your own floral design to brighten up your home or office space. Our assortment of blooms are also a great choice for local restaurants and business looking to add fresh, natural color their locale.

9 weeks – Fresh Farm Bouquets – $180

To sign up or for questions call (914) 703-5509 or email Xenia@SweetEarthCo.com

Ask about our optional weekly herb bunch too!

 

Planting for Pollinators

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By now we are probably all too familiar with the staggering statistics regarding the decline in bee colonies, the loss of monarch butterfly populations, and the deterioration in biodiversity in general.

  • U.S. honey bee populations have declined by a third each year since 2006.  While the loss of honeybees is alarming, our native, wild bees are also disappearing.
  • Monarch butterfly populations have declined by almost 90% due to habitat loss and use of pesticides.

The truth of the matter is that pollinators are essential to human life and the lives of many other species.  Without them, 85% of plants would not be able produce the seeds or fruits that countless other animals depend on. Not to mention, that one in three mouthfuls of our own food and beverage require the presence of a pollinator.

Pollinators, however, don’t just include bees and butterflies — birds, wasps, flies, bats, moths, and even beetles all transport pollen.

Pollinators need our help, and every little bit helps!  Here are simple guidelines to help you mindfully support our pollinators.

FOOD:  Help pollinators by providing a diversity of plants that bloom from early spring to late fall.  Plant a variety of colors, fragrances and heights.  Help them find the food by planting clusters of the same plant.  Clustering plants also helps them be more efficient pollinators by transferring the pollen to the same species, instead of squandering the pollen on unreceptive, neighboring flowers.  Plant native (to your region) whenever possible as they are four times more attractive to pollinators.  Avoid pollen-less cultivars and double-petaled varieties of ornamental flowers.  Keep in mind that many herbs and annual flowers, while not native, are very beneficial food sources to pollinators.  Even some weeds, such as the spring dandelions, are food sources.   Visit the links below for comprehensive lists of pollinator-friendly plants.

Remember to plant host plants as well as plants that provide pollen.  Many butterflies need to feed on host plants during their larval stage.  Monarch butterflies for instance, feed exclusively on milkweed during their caterpillar stage.

WATER: A clean, reliable source of water is essential to pollinators.  Streams, ponds, pools, and bird baths, even puddles, provide drinking and bathing opportunities for pollinators.  Ensure the water sources have a shallow or sloping side so the pollinators can easily approach the water without drowning.  I like to put a nice rock in the center of my bird bath that lays slightly above the water level.

SHELTER:  Pollinators need protection from severe weather and from predators, as well as places for nesting and egg-laying.  Incorporate different layers in the landscape — ground covers, perennials of varying heights, shrubs and trees.  Keep some ground area bare as well for native bees that nest underground.  Many beneficial pollinators overwinter in the dried, hollow stalks of plants. 

PROTECTION FROM PESTICIDES:  It has been well documented that the excessive and inappropriate use of pesticides has played a major role in the decline of pollinator populations.  There are non-chemical options for protecting our plants and crops from pests and for controlling invasive plants.  Remember, that even some “organic” pesticides can harm pollinators.

I urge you to take steps to make your landscape more pollinator-friendly.  Learn more by visiting these sites.

SOURCES & REFERENCES

Xerces.org – Pollinator Conservation Fact Sheet

Pollinator.org – Regional Guide for Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Panna.org – Bee Friendly Gardening

NRCS.USDA.gov – Pollinator Plants for the Northeast

American Beauties Native Plants – Best Native Plants for Bees

American Beauties – Best Plants for Butterflies