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.

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.

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.

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.

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Went exploring the settler-colony around here, came back with some wild onions and strawberries.

A lovely reminder of how the Earth will provide for us.

Elsewhere, in what is becoming the "medicines that are nitrogen-fixers" bed, some sort decorative of lambs-ear blossoms, while a naturalized specimen captured from nearby train tracks sends out its first bud.

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Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Ripening on a cool and still, cloudy day in late spring.

The berries here are kept in containers, unfortunately distant from the land, but their blossoms attract bugs that live in the land, making them a part of the gift all the same.

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Mutualism is one way human people recognize the system of reciprocity we live within.

It's the philosophy that guided folk to pass on these plants to me as gifts.

From top left, clockwise:
- lemon mint
- ??? already forgot the name
- cherry tomato plant
- cayenne pepper plant
- echinacea
- black hungarian chili pepper plant
- marigold

Not pictured are some sort of lambs-ear.

Two photographs from today:

1) I put up some notices around the space, encouraging folk to respect it.

2) Moss trays. Once the moss is a bit more established (I just transferred it from the over-wintering tray), I can use these kind of like how biologists use agar plates: to capture the seeds that are blowing around an area. The purpose is not comparative research, but to serve as indicators for which natives and invasives are self-propagating into an area, so I can be mindful of that influence, out of my control.

Howdy folk! It was supposed to rain today, but now the forecast calls for a sunny afternoon. Weather, eh?

I'll hopefully be transplanting and planting new stuff today, as well as doing some weeding. I'm short on soil at the moment, and the rains make riddling it out tricky, but I might end up doing some of that, if I bring up the unsorted compost in bins into the sun for a bit? I'm not sure how much soil that would get me, versus how much effort.

Picture unrelated, it's a pea that got left forgotten for the winter, but made it through and is giving a spring crop.

Remap for the indigenoUS, not RCMP or ICE

It is time to stop Ecological and economic genocide upon people of color. Tortoise Mountain and Turtle Island natives are the original Ecosteaders. Long before European and other settlers with delusions about government-subsidized development in "blocks" of colonizer cash infrastructure, Native Land Before Invasion was organic. And there never were opportunities or roles for any white dudes as a "Chief" Executive Officer. Get out of here and fix the problems plaguing Europe before trying to kill the indigenoUS Earth.

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