Makȟáša Nursery & Workshop is currently focused on providing material support to the local Black community, with whom we have always coordinated our struggle for liberation and independence from the police and all those who would live through domination.

All foodstuff produced by the nursery is being immediately brought to local protesters or those who are supporting them, we are serving as a donation drop-off point, and we have set up space in the garden to provide a space for community leaders to discuss, organize, and share their love for each other.

If you are interested in supporting our efforts, it is appreciated, but please redirect your attention to local inequities and provide your support to decolonizing your region.

Here's where breakfast came from today, a small salad of baby kale and collards topped with raspberries. It isn't pretty, but it's a start, and productive.

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Like most of the world, we've been experiencing atypical weather. Our spring rains came far later than normal, and now summer storms roll in from the Atlantic far earlier than normal.

The plants here are mostly doing fine, but they're clearly eager for sunshine, so they can make some use of all this water around.

Anyone would like to help us to do a quick test?

Enter meet.jit.si/video-testing (cam and audio are muted by default, we just want to try desktop screen sharing).

You'll get to see a nice elephant documentary, we'll test chat and you can tell us if video is playing well on your side or if you get a choppy, jumpy video quality.

All the cultures on Turtle Island have similar concepts in spiritual teachings... found another gem earlier today:

sixthsunridaz.com/

It's about time for another #RainbowMovieNights! This time we are trying to set things up for using our own movie collection, as we have much more queer movies and documentaries than what's to be found on youtube.

We'd like to have everything ready for this Saturday, stay tunned!

#vilaeloise

A bean plant twines itself up a stalk of corn.

The photo barely captures the grace; I don't have any caption that can touch it.

Here's some photos from around the area a few days ago.

In the first is a big mix of plants, planted into wooden pallets lined with gardening fabric. (And some other plants in containers.)

the second shows one of the beds planted with beans/corn/squash, and some peppers.

The third shot is some corn/beans/squash that I planted early on, and the fourth is a bed with tomatoes, peppers, basil, corn, and beans.

"Since the COVID-19 challenges began, innovation has been key. To continue to offer chef-led cooking lessons for youth, yet maintain social distance, Dream of Wild Health delivers ingredients to the children's homes and runs the program via a video link. Virtual activities have proven popular. When a seed-saving and sacred medicines workshop moved online, the typical 40- to 50-person audience for a live event burgeoned to some 220, Snyder says."

ecowatch.com/gardening-tips-in

Sorry for the lack of posting, everyone! A dry late spring, ending in heavy rainstorms, meant we were busy tending to the nursery!

There's still more to do, so posting might be inconsistent, but I'm excited to show y'all what we've been working on when I've got the time!

Locals: We still have an abundance of free gifts for anyone who wants them. Bread and pastries from Weaver St. Market, sweet potatoes from Food Not Bombs, mulberries and rosemary from our garden, and clover sprouts from our hydroponics.

We've also got some small aloe vera plants that are getting established.

Call or text 814-367-3660 to arrange a pickup.

(Not local but want to support these efforts? donations are accepted at emsenn.net/support/)

The attached photo is a recent box prepared for pickup: two apple pies, three loaves of bread, mulberries, rosemary, lettuce.

Webserver admin / Meta (halp!) 

What is going on here w/all these timeouts?

Tryin' to keep this server clean and light, wtf.

Sorry for the lack of posting, everyone! A dry late spring, ending in heavy rainstorms, meant we were busy tending to the nursery!

There's still more to do, so posting might be inconsistent, but I'm excited to show y'all what we've been working on when I've got the time!

Locals: We still have an abundance of free gifts for anyone who wants them. Bread and pastries from Weaver St. Market, sweet potatoes from Food Not Bombs, mulberries and rosemary from our garden, and clover sprouts from our hydroponics.

We've also got some small aloe vera plants that are getting established.

Call or text 814-367-3660 to arrange a pickup.

(Not local but want to support these efforts? donations are accepted at emsenn.net/support/)

The attached photo is a recent box prepared for pickup: two apple pies, three loaves of bread, mulberries, rosemary, lettuce.

"Deconstructing Patriarchy" is probably about 60 percent dismantling and 40 percent obliteration of broken systems.

Sometimes really broken things can't be dismantled; they need swept off the maps.

Enjoyed this perspective on IGG:

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We'll be streaming some today! twitch.tv/emsenn

Just general late spring maintenance today, no firm plans.

Strawberries ripen in pallets and pots by the residential building. And despite being hugged tightly by a grape vine (whose grapes grow too early and too sour,) the mulberry tree is bringing out an impressive number of berries - we've collected a pint a day for about five days now, not to mention however many the birds take!

With the early-spring plantings moved into their beds, enough soil was freed up to reorganize a lot of the herb planters.

There's a lot going on in this photo. I'll try and hit the important points.

The pallet on the left has beans, strawberries, zucchini, curry, and mints. The pallet on the right has beans, strawberries, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers.

In front of the left pallet is stuff still to be transplanted or grown out a bit more: tomatoes, basil, thyme, lemon balm, raspberry, blackberry, echinacea.

In front of the right pallet and to the left of the left pallet are seven planters that have composting built in - a smaller plastic planter is set inside, and a matching one is set inside that. Compost goes in the bottom plastic planter.

The planters all contain strawberries and beans (are you noticing a pattern?), and between them there's one or more sage, tarragon, salad burnet, stevia, catnip, comfrey, fennel, curry, mints, thyme, and dill.

@plants@gup.pe

The heavy rain that started last night has begun to relax.

The ground is too saturated to work with today, so time will be spent on other tasks.

Now that things have been transplanted into the barber-alley bed, I have more free containers, so I'll be moving the blackberries and raspberries into repurposed laundry bags. They've been sending up suckers like crazy, which is perfect for filling up more spaces with productive berry bushes.

There will be enough containers to replant some of the herbs into more varied and densely planted containers, and maybe some of the native ornamentals will get replanted, as well.

Three wood pallets were gifted that will be converted into containers - they'll probably be planted with lettuce and peas to start with.

Pride during Covid-19 

It seems likely we won't having Pride (as we are used to know it) during this year.

Still, this shouldn't mean we don't fight for visibility on the streets at all. We still have the same old oppression to fight against plus all the new specific challenges Covid situation has brought on, as in loss of income for trans and queer sex workers, LGBTQIA+ minors stuck in isolation with their abusive relatives, trans health care deemed non essential for many people, queer migrants being deported, etc, etc. We face a social climate where all new and old queer matters are being relegated, silenced, postponed for better times, all while social distancing segregates us from our chosen families and communities.

Pride won't be the same, but it still has to happen. We don't need pink capitalism filling big cities with Pride parades for a radical Pride to happen.

It's time to be creative and imagine streets filled with people wearing masks in the colours of every Pride flag possible, even if that would mean just going to shop for groceries with the mask and carry a sign along the way. We can "read" manifestos by using audio files playing from our phones so passerbys can hear them. We can coordinate to march this way in small groups keeping the distance so it's safe and no one gets arrested or fined, according to each country's regulations.

There's a lot of possibilites. Just let's not renounce Pride entirely. Let's keep us visible, loud and big so no one can use this historical moment to try to make us small.

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Melg'puguasit, we stand with Wet'suwet'en. Decolonize: "Traditional Ecological Knowledge" (TEK) is the only thing that can help humans as a colonized planet continues to sink deeper into the chaos and destruction of broken, inequitable, and faulty systems that value money over Earth's many forms of life. We encourage you to join us on a better path as we build and participate in an Ecological Democracy that includes #AllThePeople as envisioned by Mark Charles, a Navajo Nation member running as an Independent candidate for President. #LivingWalls, not border walls. The Earth does not sustain white supremacists.