(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...
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!!!
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.
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!