We had a fun and informative meeting on September 30th. Cash Cashion (the Swamp Gardener) went into great detail about how to make DIRT.
Our next meeting (October 28th) will feature Geoffrey Sagans & Rich Hawkins of the Breakers, speaking about Localecopia. The mission of Localecopia is to support the local economy, to capitalize on group synergies, promote environmental awareness, initiate sustainable practices, lessen our carbon
footprint and to create a new business model that will continue to grow into other local communities. If you’re not already getting their emails about activities, check out their website at http://www.localecopia.org. Many of our members are interested in local produce and sustainable practices.
The next big activity is the Mount’s “More Than a Fall Plant Sale...” November 1- 2. The Evening Herb Society will have our tent selling many herb plants at the usual spot. We are recruiting volunteers to help sell the herbs and raise money for the EHS. Volunteers get free entry and a gourmet lunch on
Saturday made by the EHS Board members. Even if you don't volunteer, the Plant Sale is a wonderful event to attend!
Our November meeting (11/25) will be a learning meeting and the December meeting (12/9) will be a Holiday Dinner. Mark your Calendars!
See you at the meetings.
Leslie Rigg, Vice Chair
We had the pleasure of meeting Geoffrey and Rich from Localecopia this past February, during “The Love of Herbs” event here at Mounts. Their demonstration, where they effortlessly whipped up herbal marinades, herbal compound butters, grilling fresh, local veggies and meats, and made salads from fresh locally grown greens and micro herbs was a huge hit! We are so thrilled to have them speak to us this month. They plan on showing us how to easily add herbs in our every day cooking, while weaving in the positive force of Localecopia.
Localecopia is a non-profit organization focused on bringing together businesses, producers, educators and government organizations for the purpose of lessening our carbon footprint by supporting local product consumption, helping operations better utilize waste and bringing together individuals to help achieve sustainable business practices. http://www.localecopia.org
July and August were hot and humid. I am so happy that those months are behind us. The weather appears to have changed, I feel it’s a little cooler. Do you feel it too? The gardening at the Wellness/Herb Garden seems to be going better and with less sweating and exhaustion. Joel Crippen, Mounts horticulturist, and I are looking over what has suffered from the heat and wetness. Yes, some of the plants just could not survive. So in the next couple of weeks, we are reshaping and planting new stuff. We are excited about that. A note from Bernard Pages, Asst. Treasurer: “The Herb Garden this September looks spectacular in a season when Herbs usually look pitiful and stressed. This is the best September I’ve ever seen and it’s all due to Ingrid’s green thumb.”
We also learned what to do and what not do.
Cash Cashion is a 30 year career military man – first in the Navy and then in the Marine Corps. Then he spent 10 years with U.S. Customs in drug enforcement. He is currently a Chemist and laboratory manager, and now grows exotic trees and plants on his ranch in Jupiter, Florida.
Cash wrote a novel, The Cowboy and the Paleontologist, wherein he reveals much about the Victorians and how they traveled extensively all over the world. Ryan Duncan was a cowboy, a lawman, a prospector and, with the young Victorian paleontologist, farmed for the bones of the dinosaurs in the Lakota Territory. The Cowboy and the Paleontologist were true western heroes.
Cashion is a freelance writer