As much as we love the hustle and bustle of the growing season, a Winter of rest, digest and ruminating is just as valuable. Pleasant Valley Botanicals is currently re-visioning how we want to manifest in 2018 and beyond. It feels like we all are now on the edge of a planetary precipice, and need even more radical changes to bring balance for humans and all living beings on earth. Medicinal herbs, regenerative agriculture and community connections will be even more essential to planetary healing, and Pleasant Valley Botanicals is hoping to get a clearer sense of what our tiny piece in that could be. PVB website and events calendar will be taking a rest for the months of Jan and Feb, 2018. We anticipate emerging in March, starting with giving a workshop at the CT NOFA Winter Conference in March, on the topic of fungal inoculants in agriculture, and specifically on our work in the 2017 growing season with our field trials with inoculants on select medicinal herb crops. Feel free to sign up thru the "CONTACT" page to get on the mailing list for March and beyond activities. Until then, Be Well, Melody.
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty and responsibility to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our greetings and our thanks to one another as people. Now our minds are one.
We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send our greetings and our thanks. Now our minds are one.
Now we turn to all the Medicine plants of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind we send our greetings and our thanks to the Medicines, and to the keepers of the Medicines. Now our minds are one.
We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it is not our intention to leave anything out. If something has been forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send their greetings and their thanks in their own way. Now our minds are one.
- Four selected verses from Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
“Greetings to the Natural World”