This year the Vernal Equinox Seasonal Node starts Thursday March 21. Why then does the Chinese calendar regard Vernal Equinox as the midpoint of Spring? Because we are now at the balance point of Yin and Yang. Spring is the time when Yang of the natural world is slowly starting to push itself up and out of the Yin of Winter.Read More
Wednesday, March 6th, is the start of the Awakening of Insects seasonal node, the third node of the year. This is the next segment of Spring, and although over the last two weeks weather has been particularly chilly, we're starting to see buds setting on trees. During Awakening of Insects we undo stress and strain. The mental pattern associated with Spring, is anger. If you are prone to anger it is suggested to begin a contemplative practice to provide balance.Read More
Tuesday February 19th, was the beginning of the second seasonal node of the new-year and the new Spring –“Rain Water.” We’ve been experiencing rain, snow - mix of both, typical of this time of year. Thus true to the name of the node, there is more moisture in the environment. During Rain Water the expansion of Yang in the natural environment continues. So, while days can still be cold, we are definitely experiencing up and down in temperatures.Read More
This time of year, the Beginning of Spring, is when the Yang influences are growing in the natural world. By now we are only about 6 weeks away from the Vernal Equinox , one of the times of year where the Yang and Yin are balanced and we have more equal day and night. Even with cooler weather lingering the days are getting longer and the songbirds are singing earlier in the morning. The increased activities in the natural world are also reflected in the names of the shorter 5 day segments that make up Beginning of Spring – The East Wind Liberates From Icy Shackles, Hibernating Insects Begin to Stir, and Fish Rise Up to the Ice.Read More
Sunday January 20th, is the start of the Major Cold Seasonal Node. Major Cold is the last node of the traditional Chinese year, and we are now about two weeks away from both the solar and lunar new year – the Beginning of Spring!Read More
As we are fully embracing Summer, we can look at the nodes of Summer, which are smaller, mini-seasons that can tell us a lot about the natural rhythms of Summer and what we can expect. Each node is roughly 15 days in length with names symbolic of what is happening at that time of year.Read More
As many of you know, the Summer Solstice is the height of Summer. It is a day when the Sun is at it’s most powerful and it’s also the longest day of the year. After this Solstice the days will start to get shorter as the earth rotates farther away from the Sun. Solstice is a time for celebration so please join us!Read More
My how our Timothy Hay has grown! Remember the little green sprouts from 7 weeks ago? Take a look now, and we are on our third harvest! Chickens, baby Chicks, and our rabbits have been eating well this spring, They literally jump and shriek when they see me arrive with the basket.Read More
Comfrey is a multi-functional plant that is popular with permaculture gardens, because it helps plants function in their own mini eco-system and improve the soil quality. We've planted it around the farm for this very reason!Read More
The little green sprouts are those of Timothy Hay. We planted the seeds in October and it started pushing it’s way through the frozen soil 3 weeks ago. Brave as can be! We use Timothy Hay around the farm as food and bedding for the rabbits, little did we realize the other benefits of this tiny green gem!Read More
As we are closer to the Spring Equinox and the traditional Western start of Spring, we start to see lots of green sprouting everywhere. But Spring starts much earlier than we may realize, and even Spring has mini-season's within her that are truly remarkable little periods where Nature is waking up and ready for brand new beginnings!
A Solstice Bonfire Celebration! Please Join Us as We Light Winter's Longest Night Thursday, December 21st from 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a brief history of the Solstice, and an Honoring of Our Ancestors during this sacred time of the year.