May’s Newsletter

sorrelSoulful poetry, luminous photos, and a shimmering lineup of classes and events are just a click away!  Be sure and take some time with this month’s truly beautiful newsletter.

Happy May!

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April’s Newsletter

trillium newsletter.jpgYou are invited to sit back, relax and partake of this month’s newsletter, lovingly created for you by Michelle Fox, TreeSong’s Founder/Director and Adrian Farnsworth, TreeSong’s Secretary extraordinaire.  Beautiful photos, an interesting article from the TreeSong community, an incredible lineup of classes, shimmering poetry….  GOOD STUFF! 

Click here to begin.

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Annie McHale

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     It’s that time of year: Spring o’clock. When seed meets soil and Intention is put to task. Nature doesn’t make bad food. It’s impossible. Every single seed, every tiny, unpretentious seed has in its DNA one goal: to become a zucchini, a pumpkin, a rosemary bush. It just knows what to do, when, and how. And when it becomes whatever it is meant to become, it presents its beautiful, colorful, flavorful, nutritious self as a gift.

     It is for this reason that I honor food. Real food. The way it is intended, which is to say, organic or otherwise natural. My husband Curt and I were recently blessed with an opportunity to co-manage a 60-acre organic farm near the Oregon coast for several years. During that ridiculously difficult and completely blissful period, few people turned down our dinner invitations, knowing to do so meant missing out on perhaps the freshest meal they’d ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Our table was an organic feast. Every. Single. Day.

     Hours-new duck eggs with their bright orange yolks, dutch-oven-baked artisan bread finished with smoked salt, plump raspberries bursting with sweetness from the afternoon sun’s kiss, fresh hand-pressed ricotta, bright and tender asparagus just snipped from the soil, tulsi basil bearing an aromatic hint of licorice, wild salmonberry gastrique slowly drizzled over line-caught Pacific salmon, fire-roasted over coals on hand-hewn cedar planks, raw milk whipped into heavenly cream, and garlic greens. Ohhhh-the-mildly-sweet-garlic-greens!!

Annie’s Nature Notes continue here.

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You won’t want to miss Annie and Curt’s ‘Spring Bounty ~ Gorge-style’ Cooking Class on April 29th, and then in July, they’ll be offering a Soul Food Retreat the 14th through the 16th.

 


Annie McHale and Curt Gray
Founders of ROOTS Farmacy

Several years ago, Annie and Curt traded in their corporate jobs for rural living, committing to living a sustainable, healthy life beginning with the food they eat and share. It is their intention to inspire folks to enter into relationship with their own kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals and connect meaningfully with their loved ones.

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Spring Equinox Celebration!


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Sunday, March 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Join us as we celebrate the changing of the season  with ceremony, community connection and art!

 

Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Hope you can join us!

Please RSVP, 360-837-8733, or
Email  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

Suggested donation:  $5/person, $15/family

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March’s Newsletter

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Enjoy!  🙂

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Jesse Brownlee

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The sun is starting to tint the sky pink. It was just warm enough last night that there wasn’t a frost this morning, although the day is dawning cool, fresh and clear. The pack on my back is almost empty, holding nothing but water and several empty grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and empty Tupperware containers. What a day to go grocery shopping! I close the door behind me and head off down the road at a brisk pace, hoping to warm up before I reach the cover of the forest.

The first rays of sunlight are beginning to stream through the trees, glittering on last night’s spider webs as I slip into the woods. I am headed for a spot I know well, a spot that has been covered in snow and ice since December 9, 2016. This has been the worst winter in my memory, however all that remains of that craziness are small patches of snow interspersed with lots of broken limbs and last year’s limp, soggy blackberry vines.

As I come to the creek I turn and follow it down the hill. Hidden amongst the stones, branches and rubble clogging the water I spy my prey and my excitement surges; I look around and see the trappings of the best grocery store ever – one of the many wild places scattered throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

There is fresh watercress in the clear, cold stream. It will make an amazing breakfast tossed with fried potatoes, onions and bacon. Nettles are just starting to surge towards the sun in the marshy places where the creek overflows its banks, and my mouth is already watering at the thought of fresh nettle soup for lunch, and the delicious omelet for tomorrow morning. Candyflower, Miners Lettuce and chickweed are found peeking out from the rich, moist soil at the base of a rotting tree and will make a perfectly crisp, mild and succulent salad. At the edge of the creek I find several yellow dock plants whose young leaves will be great when stuffed with seasoned meat and rice and baked for dinner. As I head down to the water, I stumble upon a large patch of wild ginger under a huge old cedar. The roots pull easily from the dark earth and will make a wonderful warming, spicy tea to enjoy before bed. The cottonwood branches blown down by the creek are covered with fragrant, resin-filled buds; I happily fill a bag with these and will start this year’s batch of potent salve when I get home.

I realize I can barely fit these buds into my pack. And my stomach is growling, so I turn and head home with my pack and grocery bags overflowing.

As I’m rinsing the dirt from the bounty I just gathered, a feeling of intense satisfaction settles over me. I am proud that I am able to provide so much food and medicine for myself and those I love after just a quick morning stroll through the woods around my house. I am already looking forward to the months ahead- maple blossom fritters, fresh fir tips to make the very best refreshing summer drink, luscious wild berries… the list goes on and on.

Breakfast is ready, and I smile as I tuck into my feast- the foraging season has only just begun.

Join Jesse on March 26th for her Introduction to the Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific NW class.  Click here to learn more and to register.

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jesse-headshotJesse Brownlee is the owner of Half Wild, LLC. Born and raised in rural Georgia, she now lives and works in the Columbia Gorge. She is a Ranger, Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness EMT who spends large amounts of time in lush forests of the Gorge hunting for the freshest local delicacies.

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February’s Newsletter

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Each of TreeSong’s monthly newsletters is a beautiful little gem with information on upcoming events, our Nature Notes article, poetry, lovely photos and so much more!

Click here to check it out.

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Joan Beldin

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“Nine wolves from the Toklat pack appeared on a high slope about 1 ½ miles from their den. These wolves were returning home from a hunt. They stopped, looked toward their den, and howled. The mother and another adult wolf had stayed at the den to care for the pups. Hearing the howls of the hunter wolves, the mom and adult wolf swung around to focus on the howls and then howled together. The 6 pups shot out of the den and scurried under the two older wolves, their little tails wagging excitedly. The hunters were coming home – bringing food for those in their family who couldn’t join the hunt.

For the next ten minutes, it was quiet – the pups were play fighting and jumping all over the two older wolves, who were intently watching in the direction of the returning hunters. Then came another howl and quickly a chorus from all 9 hunters, now deep in the forest almost a mile from the den. The wolves at the den howled again and then silence. Another chorus of howls rose out of the forest, still closer and another burst of yipping and howling in response.

Joan’s Nature Notes continue here.

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For more about wolves…

Watch the YouTube video ‘How Wolves Change Rivers’

Check out the website Pacific Wolf Family to learn about the gray wolf packs in the Pacific NW

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Michelle Fox


Celebrating 2016 and Looking Forward


The transition between years is a time to reflect on the past, to see where we’ve been, to metabolize all that’s come before, to integrate, learn from, celebrate, experience gratitude, perhaps even grieve, in response to the previous year’s unfolding events and circumstances.  With the wisdom and integrated experiences gathered, we’re then ready to turn towards the new.

When I travel through 2016 at TreeSong, I feel waves of gratitude and joy as I remember all that has occurred.  It was our fullest year yet.  As I share some of the past year’s events and programs,  I invite you to tap into the meaningful connections made, lives touched, beauty experienced, and join me in celebrating a truly glorious year.

Michelle’s Nature Notes continue here.

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A Photo Journey through 2016

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