Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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(Jess R. this went out for your friend today...)

Blowing through day after day making, breaking, faking it...

Eric and I went to the NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farmers Accsociation) conference last weekend. Rest assured it was replete with permaculture preachers, male knitters, and women breast-feeding 4 year olds. Also TREND ALERT: tea in mason jars...

I joke!

We learned a lot. We had more arguments about soil structure and farm planning. I don't like all this "Year One, Year Two, Year Three" talk. At World's End everything happens in Year One or else. I've got a stack of books by my bedside that took more than an acre of hardwoods to publish and a box full of beekeeping equipment taking up space in my studio. I've got sheep fever. I've gone bananas for buckwheat. The free world demands buckwheat! The Japanese can't import enough of it for their soba noodles and it's gluten free and it grows on wet clay (our fields) and it's a great cover crop to revive fallow land and it's good for bees. And I'm ready to plant elderberries and start a niche elderberry wine and liqueur business! And I want to do it all with draft animals! And solar power!! LOOK NO HANDS!!!
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In the world of flowers, things have been moving and shaking also. I went to an industry event! There were more calypso dresses there than in all of miami beach! I went right for the passed hor d'overs and chatted it up with cater waiters, occasionally forcing myself to smile just like we practiced at home. At dinner I sat near a famous wedding planner who did Joan Rivers impressions all night, except I don't think she realized it. So there you have it, I'm networking now.
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In the world of Little Flower School, things are also happening - new classes posted on the site this morning; 1. a weekend wedding symposium that I'm excited about because it requires me to make excel sheets and handouts (good ones, promise) and slide shows!; 2. a second California class in May; 3. an advanced class in which we'll study the Dutch Masters; and 4. a sweet bearded iris class inspired by a J. L. Prevost watercolor. I hope to see some of you at school!

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13 comments:

Michelle said...

Please add elderflower cordial to your elderberry offerings. I'm just back from England where it is quite common, but sadly not available here. It makes a wonderfully refreshing drink when mixed with sparkling water!

Bow Street Flowers said...

Magma Sarah! Here I'd been waiting for a wee dram and instead got a tumbler full of news! Thirst quenched. For now.
Shelley

Miz.November said...

I'm hoping we all get a sample bottle of elderberry wine, right?

Ashley Fox said...

good Lord, I enjoyed this immensely. The kids are wondering what I am snickering about over here...

flwrjane said...

Well I've had an elderberry now for 2 years and nuttin, I got nuttin.

Maybe your land is better than my land.

Hope so for your sake,

Mason Jars? Get outta Dodge.

xo jane

Anonymous said...

Have you read The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball about her full spectrum farm worked by draft horses? Great read!

LPC said...

Marry me! Wait. I mean conceptually. Because I think you are so great.

Ella said...

Being in two worlds is hard - forever too 'alternative' (and not wearing fancy enough shoes) for one, shower too often (and 'no thanks' to the placenta casserole) for the other.

I bought some homemade elderflower cordial just the other day. It's delightful.

count buckula said...

eric doesn't knit?

D said...

That new Spring LFS class lineup is off the mother-eff'n chain!! Can't wait to see you and Nico on Saturday!

L A M A R T I N É said...

at most networking events i always hang out with the florists...we are nice people :)

CorieAitken said...

These kinds of flowers are what I want to be decorated at church and at the reception on my wedding day.They are gorgeous. I love them!

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