Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CRAFT at Windsong Farm

CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) was held this past Sunday at Windsong farm in Honor. The farm has been in the same family for over 100 years and is still run by a member of that family, Cindra Moore. At the farm she focuses on her personal food supply along with herbs. Her herbs are grown both as food and can be used for medicinal purposes. Some can be heated for herbal teas, made into oils, or eaten directly with foods. There were many plants that she explained in detail, some that help with the common cold, to one more specific plant called Pleurisy that helps with the lung ailment of the same name along with other respiratory conditions.

In addition to having herbs for practical use, Cindra had an interesting take on the relationship between her farming and ritual. This sense seemed to inform how she planted her gardens spatially with the land, what she grows, and how she goes about the harvest and cultivation. We ended the afternoon with some fresh kale from her garden, and lots of other yummy dishes brought by folks who attended.

—Dulcee, ISLAND summer intern

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