Friday, September 16, 2005

Pick Those Grapes!!

In case anyone need inspiration, see this. Next year, for anyone interested, I'd love to do this as a community effort - shared labor, shared results :)

Also, I found many of my grapes infested with a small worm. Any organic ideas to avoid this next year?

Calling All Volunteers

SHLT is having a volunteer workday on Saturday September 24 at our John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve in Portage. We will be cutting and carefully applying herbicide to common reed (Phragmites) in a sensitive area that is being restored to wet prairie. The Phragmites at this site is interspersed with many desirable native species, so a labor-intensive approach is the best way to minimize collateral damage. We need your help to control this invasive species and restore the wet prairie ecosystem at this site.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area on the east side of County Line Road, between US 12 and US 20, just north of 5th Ave. and just south of the MonoSol plant. Please wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt. We will provide rubber gloves, but bring your own pair of you can.

Note: If you think you will arrive late, please call or e-mail me, since we will be working in an area some distance from where we park. I will give you directions on how to find us. My cell phone # is 219-878-5609.

See you there!

Paul Quinlan

Stewardship Program Manager
Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc.
444 Barker Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-4725

Monday, September 12, 2005

Tryon Farmer

Concord Grapes!!!

I cooked the grapes that I brought home with just a little water. Strained them in the collander. I did not add any sugar. The juice is wonderful. I was thinking of some kind of frozen slush for our Saturday night beverage hour. Any ideas??


Friday, September 09, 2005

Did I just feel something on my neck?

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina Fundraiser

Hi Friends. I have fundraising idea for helping Katrina survivors. Check out my personal blog if you're interested at (today's post called "Fast for Food").

Saturday, September 03, 2005



Date: Saturday, September 17

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Judith Silver's beautiful place (more details to follow)

This is what I call an "easy does it" or playful retreat. There will be relaxing body scans, gentle yoga (VERY gentle) and qi gong, eating and walking and listening meditations and lots of tips on how to gently, humorously, and enjoyably, bring your whole self into whatever you are doing and notice what the present has to offer you, instead of thinking of a million things at once.

Now, I know that everyone here at Tryon Farm knows how to relax; after all, that's why all of us have moved here, right? But this retreat will be fun and help you learn how to relax even more! But if it's not your cup of tea, pass the word on to folks that might like it.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a lunch that does not need refrigeration or to be heated. Ditto drinks.

$40 suggested donation, more if you can, less if you can't.
And a $5 discount for all Tryon Farmers!

Call me at 219-878-8505 after 9/10/05 (visiting my brother this week)

Peace, fun and all good things,
Dominique's Mom, known on the East Coast and even some places in Indiana as Patrecia Lenore

Oh, credentials: Have been studying and practicing various meditation and bodywork modalities since 1972. Have studied extensively with Thich Nhat Hanh and several Insight Meditation teachers since 1993 and taught at TNH's retreats 1995- 2000. Taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Jon Kabat Zinn's work) at Barnard College for 6 years and continue to teach in various venues since.

9/11 Memorial Gathering

There will be a 9/11 memorial gathering on Sunday, 9/11 at the beautiful Friendship Gardens off Highway 12 (you've probably passed it a million times) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the wedding chapel section by the pond (easy to find, signs point the way). Please join us for a quiet walking meditation through the gardens, followed by reflections by whomever wants to participate. Patrecia Lenore, otherwise known as "Dominique"s Mom" will lead the walking meditation.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina Housing

Hi Friends. I've found a really great way to help out Katrina victims. Check out Katrina Housing. George and I hope to donate our farm house to a displaced family so they can put their kids in school while they figure out what to do next with their lives. If any of you only use your Tryon Farm home for only part of the year, sharing your space will make a huge impact on somebody's life today. Even a guest bedroom can help. If we do this as a coordinated effort, our community could potentially take a few related families - or neighbors that would otherwise have their children go to school together. This way they can have a small bit of their own community to help ease them through the stress of this disaster.

Please let me know what you think. I'd be happy to help coordinate and find a way to have some prescreening done.

If you have no room to spare, please give.

Many thanks.