First of all, Happy New Moon. 28 phases have waned and waxed and yet again we find ourselves with a dark moon somewhere suspended, invisible above us. This moon is known as the “Cold Moon” and it came with the snow this year in so called Salt Lake City. We layered thousands and thousands of leaves out over the garden as mulch before the snow- tucking the garlic cloves, Japanese walking onions, pomegranate tree, witch hazel, lavender and more in for the long winter. We are so thankful for the opportunity to grow with every day that emerges.
We are launching our own monthly herba CSH (Community Supported Herbalism) project! These little boxes will be filled with love and medicine from the Mobile Moon. Every month we will compile some of our favorite seasonal herbal products, homemade with love and attention by Rikki and Charlotte (see her work here)
This Month’s Moonbox will contain a red raspberry oxymel (honey vinegar digestive and balancing infusion), an uplifting tincture (combination of herbal and fungal allies for processing sadness), a local apple spice tea blend, an ethically wildcrafted wreath, an botanical postcard, and handmade wrapping paper. We can only supply 30 boxes with our supplies on hand, so order soon! Boxes will be delivered or mailed on December 18th, half moon.
Giving Tuesday Bake Sale!
In collaboration with The MMC, The Utah Permaculture Collective Bake Sale and Craft Market is a community fundraiser to support our Permablitz Service Project program. Every $600 raised will turn a lawn into a permaculture garden for a community member in need! This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join for delectable and nutritious baked goods and handmade crafts to benefit the community.
On December 18th, we will roll out our finished Moonboxes and grand 11th zine! The location is yet to be determine. We will be accepting submissions for the zine up until December 3rd. Here’s to female and queer expression!
Grand Prismatic Seed will be joining the Moonstead for the next growing season! James and Guy are outstanding queer seed farmers and community members. They will be overhauling 1/4 acre of The Moonstead and growing out local hardy seed crops next to us. Check out their gorgeous seeds and products.
To be honest, I get cold as the cold moon above us when I think about the origins of “Thanksgiving”. When the pilgrims came to the North American land mass, they were offered sustenance from the land and the indigenous peoples here. What followed was the massacre of native people and their culture in all the forms imaginable. Modern day bounteous Thanksgiving food is much more accessible to people living off of the 310 native reservations that exist in this country, as is healthcare, clean water, housing, arable land, and more. Furthermore, modern Thanksgiving follows a clearly sexist narrative: men watch football while women cook the meal. This Thanksgiving, I hope that we can collectively step back, re-evaluate this picture, and reimagine what gratitude really looks like; what love really looks like; what sharing really looks like.