Sunday, February 20, 2011
I mention this, because in fall of 2009, I spent a week studying with famed herbalist Rosemary Gladstar in E. Barre, VT. In my class were several herbalists from the greater Montpelier area. I was impressed with how they all worked together to build a more (w)holistic, self-supportive community.
Returning to NJ, I wanted to recreate that sense of commonality and rural support that I felt in Vermont. I wasn't sure how to do that.... and then I stumbled onto HMN about six weeks later. I cannot remember exactly how I discovered them - rather, it feels to me like the Holistic Mentorship Network found me!
If you are a holistic practioner, I urge you to check out the Holistic Mentorship Network at http://www.holisticmentorshipnetwork.com/.
(on a cyber housekeeping note: I had spent about 60 mins crafting a carefully worded blog entry to post about the HMN. There was apparently some 'hiccup' in cyberspace because when I hit 'Publish' my original draft copy is what posted instead, and my finished, polished, final edition vanished into the electronic ether. Note to SELF: Remember to click "Save as Draft" often while creating any entry and/or copy the text before submitting. You will save yourself from the mind-wrenching aggravation of trying to re-work, reword, recall and recapture the spirit of your original finished piece! My most humble apologies as this entry pales from the original. Grrrrrr.....)
Saturday, February 12, 2011
So what is Slow Food? A little history about the movement:
Slow Food began in Italy by Carlo Petrini with the founding of its forerunner organization, Agricola, in 1986 to resist the opening of a McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome.
Slow Food is now an international movement. Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. The movement has since expanded globally to over 100,000 members in 132 countries. Its goal is to encourage sustainable foods and promote local small businesses, and is not generally a fan of the globalization of agricultural products.
Check out a convivium (local chapter) near YOU!