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This question led Mikey and I to Suzy and Sam, characters from Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom. We realized the other day that our relationship had a similar start. When Suzy met Sam she was dressed as a Raven and rehearsing for a play she was to be in. Sam was dressed as a scout. I was in the costume of a broken heart when I met Mikey who was at the time dressed as a life sized band-aid. Soon after meeting we shook off everything that bound us and set off on an adventure. Like Suzy and Sam we felt misunderstood though not by parents (that would come later) but by our culture whose priorities - the acquisition of money and stuff - made little sense to us. We were drawn to nature and wanting of meaning. Most important to adventure - theirs and ours - is the discovery that makes adventures possible, it is a formula, love + nature + adventure = happiness. Sam and Suzy knew this too and so we choose them to be our patron saints this summer.
In Cult of Less fashion, next month Mikey and I will cram few objects inside a Honda Element and hit the road - running shoes, an air mattress, a toothbrush, a plant identification book, laptops, earbuds, soap, a portable stove, and a few other things. We're headed to mountain towns like Bend, Auburn, and Bozeman where we hope to shimmy up to nature as we imagine Suzy and Sam might have done once they were past the awkwardness of their teenage year and old enough to drive.
From the road we hope to claim the freedom that the internet has been promising humanity. We'll run two web based businesses - an ebay store (stuff from yard sales collected while traveling) and our Holy Scrap store of home brew electronics and home made botanicals, while developing 2 e-courses to release upon our return in the fall. Free to define what a post millennial office looks like we're choosing the biggest tree canopy on a summer day by the loveliest river, the patio of the best coffee shops, public libraries, mountain tops, and the shores of alpine lakes. Our summer mantra? What would Suzy and Sam do?
I'm delighted to trade out a closet full of clothes for thrift shops wherever I happen to be, and powder room for public pools, rivers, lakes and recreation centers. The kitchen? A simple gas stove or open fire. Our parents won't be coming after us like Sam and Suzy's (sign of relief). Technology is on our side with phones that beam wify signals and an iPad loaded up with books. However pretty, we won't be toting vintage luggage loaded up with books but we will have a load of batteries as we'll be charging much of our technology off solar. Our cat Scardy, once consulted, decided to stay home with the house renter but Sesame will be with us. Both of us righties, no lefty scissors will make this trip. Weightless Paypal replaces Sam and Suzy's rather heavy tennis can full of nickels. One never knows what will come of an adventure, we may meet a troop of Khaki scouts and conduct our own redwood forest wedding ceremony. For sure we we'll be found dancing on the beach in our underwear. My ears are already pierced, thank goodness.
Cheers to spring and summer adventures.
This is the first of many classes being offered by Home Grown New Mexico this year. It is coming up on Sunday, March 29 and should be a great class. Come out and learn how to plant outside in early spring!!
Sunday, March 29-CLASS
Starting Cool Season Crops Outside-DEMO
Come learn how to plant cool season crops outside in spring
Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Instructor: Jannine Cabossel
Location: Milagro Community Garden • 2481 Legacy Court (Off Rodeo Road east of Sam’s Club-Turn north onto Legacy Court-Garden is behind the church, ‘Church of the Servant’ on corner) • Santa Fe
Jannine Cabossel, a Master Gardener and ‘The Tomato Lady’ at the Santa Fe Farmers Market will teach a class on the basics of starting cool season crops outside in spring: Last year’s class we concentrated on seed starting indoors. This year we will be doing a demo in a garden outside. Come learn how to transplant seedlings, what amendments to add to the soil, when to transplant, how to get the very finicky spinach to germinate, how to add mycorrhizal for bigger root systems, and basic cold weather protection for plants during spring’s transitional period from cold to cool to summer. Plus learn varieties that do well in our cold climate in spring. Spring is a great time to grow many varieties that we struggle with once the heat is here!
Jannine has extensive experience in growing vegetables on her 4000 square foot garden using all organic methods. Follow her blog at giantveggiegardener.com
This class free! Become a 2015 Member for $35 – includes all classes, potlucks and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
The Seed exchange this year was a big success. At any given time we had over 20 people there bringing and taking seeds. Probably had about 150 people there overall. Many seeds were gone by the end. Many thanks to the Master Gardeners, Seedbroadcast and Poki Pottin from Gaia Gardens for coming and sharing. Always a fun event and a great kick off for this season’s gardening. This event and the great weather we’ve been having makes me want to get out in the garden!
Got a great gift today from my new friend Bob Stephenson...Ben'n'Bud immortalized on a basswood plank. 61,71,57,0,B