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In mid-July, the Round the Bend Farm crew joined "Red", a local farmer and haying master, to put-up hundreds of bales of hay. This hay, an estimated 80 round bales and over 300 square bales, will be used for animal feed this coming winter. Geoff Kinder, Round the Bend Farm Livestock farmer and social entrepreneur, shared a few thoughts on the haying process while cutting back a fence line earlier this week.
These hay fields are owned by MA Audubon Allen's Pond Sanctuary and are managed by Round the Bend Farm, MA Audubon Allen's Pond Sanctuary and Red. In addition to a great deal of animal feed the fields provide ideal nesting habitat for many shrub land bird species, representing a valuable and diverse ecosystem. Managing such a diverse ecosystem provides many challenges, but the benefits greatly outweigh the challenges.
Healing Beauty Tonic for Vitality and Flexibility
Turmeric is the most healing root for the body. It comes from the root of a plant which is grown mainly in India but it has been used in many countries for thousands of years as a healing food. It is known to be beneficial to the inner organs, the spine and the joints. It is purifying to the blood and promotes general good health. It also has external healing properties and can be used in masks and baths for the skin.
It keeps a person beautiful. When used internally, it should be cooked rather than raw, so that the body can more easily assimilate its healing powers. It is an essential nutrient for women over the age of 28.
Golden Milk is especially beneficial for stiff joints and provides a source of lubrication for the entire system. It includes both essential oils and turmeric, both vital ingredients to help women keep their flexibility and vitality.
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup water
8 ounces milk (We use almond or coconut milk)
2 tablespoons raw almond oil
Honey to taste
1 cardamom pod (optional)
Simmer turmeric in water until it forms a nice paste. Suggested cooking time is 8 minutes, you can add more water as necessary. Meanwhile, bring milk to a boil with the almond oil. As soon as it boils, remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures using a blender if desired. Add honey to taste. The cardamom may be cooked with the turmeric for added flavor.
Note that you can prepare larger quantities of paste as it keeps in the refrigerator for up to 40 days. The general ratio of turmeric to water is 1 part turmeric to 4 parts water.
From I am a Woman Selected Lectures, p. 224
Here are some photos from Marion Institute Executive Director Desa Van Laarhoven's visit to The Himalayan Project in Chaurikharka, Nepal in March 2013:
10th Annual Connecting for Change Conference
Presented by the Marion Institute
Friday, October 24 – Saturday, October 25
Held in downtown New Bedford, MA 02740
202 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
Ph. (508) 748-0816
For more information please contact:
Brooke Baptiste: Ph. (508) 748.0816 email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Joel Salatin to Speak at Connecting for Change Conference!
OCTOBER 24 – 25, 2014 │ NEW BEDFORD, MA – The Marion Institute is proud to announce that Joel Salatin will be joining us as a keynote speaker this year for the 10th Annual Connecting for Change Conference. The conference will be held in beautiful downtown New Bedford, MA. Connecting for Change is the largest annual environmental and social justice conference on the East Coast that brings together diverse communities and inspires them to take action on both the local and the global levels to make the world a better place. It speaks to innovation and enduring change through community resourcing, acting as a bridge to get the conversations started. The event attracts an eclectic gathering of community leaders, students, business professionals, educators, and the community at large, to connect on today’s pressing issues.
Joel Salatin is a highly respected author and lecturer, and most importantly, America’s most influential farmer. Salatin owns and runs Polyface Farm with his family, which is located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm has been featured in numerous publications; most notably Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the Smithsonian Magazine, Gourmet, and National Geographic. Not only is he a full-time farmer, but he is also the author of nine books of which includes Folk, This Ain’t Normal, where Salatin details his concern of how detached society has become from the simple joys in life such as enjoying the earth we live on, and shares his ideas of how people can make small changes in their lives that will make a great impact.
Aside from writing his own books, Salatin has also appeared in a number of food-related documentaries such as Food, Inc. and Fresh. When he is not working on the farm or writing novels, Salatin is traveling around giving theatrical, comic, and captivating lectures that address a broad range of issues, for example the future of farming and its impact on our lives.
We are extremely delighted and honored to have Joel Salatin on the Zeiterion main stage for the special 10th Anniversary Connecting for Change Conference on October 24th & 25th. We hope to see you in October!
For more information or to register, please visit www.connectingforchange.org or call 508.748.0816. Connecting for Change is a program of the Marion Institute. The Marion Institute is a non-profit that acts as an incubator for a diverse array of Programs and Serendipity Projects that seek to find a solution to the root cause of an issue in the realms of sustainability and social justice. The three tenents that thread our work together are accessibility, diversity and root cause solutions.
Each year the Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni award an alumna/alumnus with their WCA Award. The Award Convocation happens during Reunion and is attended by all alumni and friends back on campus for the festivities.
The WCA announced the recipient in the fall. You may read the announcement on the WCA Award Committee website. Sally gave a wonderful speech to an enthusiastic audience in Phipps. Her speech is also on the WCA page. Below you will find the citation written in honor of Sally and her contributions to the global community.
The Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni proudly presents the 2014 Wells College Award to Sally Lethbridge Hunsdorfer, Class of 1973. Sally is recognized for her passionate work in community development and social outreach domestically and internationally.
After graduating from Wells in 1973 with her degree in sociology and anthropology, Sally and her husband, Peter, spent five years at The White Mountain School in Littleton, New Hampshire, involved in all aspects of boarding school life, from teaching and coaching to the role of dean of students. After the birth of their first son, Todd, Sally and her family settled at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, for several years, where her second son, Ben, was born. For fifteen years, Sally owned The Bookstall, an independent book store in Marion, which served as a wonderful magnet for community and social outreach.
In 1992, Sally became a founding member of the Marion Institute, and she continues her work with the Institute to this day. Based in Marion, Massachusetts, the Marion Institute identifies, promotes and fosters programs and local initiatives such as Green Jobs, Green Economy in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as global programs like the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya, which was the 2004 recipient of the Nobel Peace prize.
“Sally is a force of nature, a natural leader who is unstoppable when a project seizes her imagination,” says Desa VanLaarhoven, executive director of the Marion Institute. “Usually, people are scrambling to keep up with her high energy and enthusiasm.”
In 1997, Sally and Peter put their business on hold, took Todd, 16, and Ben, 14, out of school and backpacked around the world for a year. Along the way, the Hunsdorfers spent two months living and trekking in some of the most remote areas of Nepal, and it was during this time that The Himalayan Project was born. The Himalayan Project is dedicated to the cultural preservation of the indigenous people of the Himalaya through education, community development and social outreach.
Since 2001, Sally has traveled to Nepal every year for several months, leading fundraising treks, delivering fleece jackets, hygiene and school supplies collected from American schoolchildren and collaborating with community leaders on building projects for schools in remote mountainous areas. Recently, Sally’s primary focus has been on a school in the village of Chaurikharka, originally founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 and meant to educate thirty village children. Now, sixty-one years later, the school has 400 students, many of whom walk several hours to attend class.
Margaret Lamar King, who attended the Albany Academy for Girls, from which Sally graduated in 1969, remarked that “Sally lives a life of service and hard work. She is the physical form of the word Namaste—the spirit in me meets the spirit in you.”
Delivered Saturday, May 31st at WCA Award Convocation during Reunion 2014 weekend, read Sally's acceptance speech below.
I am deeply touched that I am the one upon whom you have chosen to confer this high honor and I am able to say from the bottom of my heart "Thank You" very much. It is because this welcome gift from you implies that I am considered worthy, that I will treasure and hold it in the greatest esteem. I accept it with gratitude and a deep sense of humility.
But none of this would be happening without the recognition for this wonderful institution, for my husband, Peter, and two sons Todd and Ben, extended family and friends who have supported me and now have gathered here from Seattle, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Nepal and for my amazing college roommate, Nancy McCouch Davis, who had the courage and perseverance along with the search committee for consideration in the first place!
Wow, 41 years ago I stood on these grounds, ready to face down my future. But time, where has the time gone? It's a wisp, an illusion......poof! Beyond our comprehension really, like the fluttering of a butterfly wing. The truth of the matter is that Wells College played a HUGE role in what is happening today. My four years here taught me how to think outside the box and not be afraid to explore the unknown that the repercussions could eventually lead to new and even more exciting possibilities. Wells encouraged me to tap into new passions through the integration of multiple disciplines and gave me the confidence to create new paths. You know, I've heard it said that if you can see a path in front of you it isn't YOUR path. It can guide you for a little bit but eventually you must endure the ‘bushwacking’ through the unknown before it becomes your 0WN path. So often in my life I have found myself at the precipice, and turning back would have felt safer, easier and certainly less challenging but I have chosen to jump! Because what is scarier to me than jumping, is to have the regrets that are left behind. And Wells College imbedded in me the courage to dream and chase those dreams into the unknown. I think most people's limits are a lot further on than they believe. Consequently, they live life holding themselves back for fear of falling off the earth. Once you realize this -and thank you Wells for your support and mentoring -you have more reserves than you'd imagined and you are free to explore and experiment and take risks -emotional, mental and physical- that you'd never dreamed of before. You're free to laugh at yourself when you fail (because in most of life, failure is not life threatening; merely a learning experience) and relish the simplest of pleasures.
Fifteen years ago my husband Peter and I left 2 businesses behind and pulled our two teenage boys out of high school for a year to backpack around the world and enmesh ourselves into the beauty and diversity that this incredible world has to offer! We left on this adventure with no reservations anywhere in the world, which gave us the freedom to be totally spontaneous and grab unique opportunity whenever it crossed our paths.......we could be anywhere, at anytime with anyone that we wanted to. It was daunting, it was scary and it was exhilarating all at the same time! We listened to music we didn't understand and danced wildly to it. We learned people's histories and redefined what progress really means. We began to understand that we have no right to other people's resources. We ate adventurously and chose curiosity over certainty and finally paid attention to where our fresh water was coming from and where our wastes went. It was an honor to be invited into indigenous cultures and to celebrate their special holidays and to understand that Global Economy should be thought of in terms of people, land and fresh water. We spent a year learning and opening up to why the world wags and what wags it.
Unanimously, our favorite place in the world was the kingdom of Nepal, high in the Himalayas. It is a country on the edge in every way, riddled with political instability and sinking to its knees under the pressure of poverty and hopelessness. Filled with an incredible complexity of landscape, Nepal has paid dearly by being forced to live outside the laws of nature, constantly balancing tensions of the two superpowers of China and India which surround it. The people of the village of Chaurikharka are clinging to a culture that has been devastated by war, government neglect and unconstrained tourism. However, the incredible physical beauty of this region is staggering, immediately dwarfing anything on the human scale and making one wonder how man could ever have blown his importance so out of proportion. There is a rhythmic, pulsating and sensual quality to this ancient landscape and culture that in spite of its incredible harshness can still present a sweet tenderness and vulnerability if only one scratches the surface. And scratch the surface we did indeed when we were befriended and we formed the friendship of a lifetime with Dawa Wangchu Sherpa and his family who so poignantly defined my future. I was empowered by my Well's experience and now an opportunity had opened up to me and I grabbed it when it came. In 1953 after Sir Edmund Hillary had made a successful climb to the top of Mt Everest, with and because of his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay; he was dedicated to helping the Sherpa people with the introduction of education and health care. He built a school in the village of Chaurikharka where we lived with Dawa and his family, and it consisted of 2 little stone buildings that were meant to service about 30 village children.....it remained that way for 60 years until we arrived there in 1998 and saw about 400 children arriving everyday, sometimes walking 2-3 hours each way to school. Thus The Himalayan Project was born with the mission of helping to preserve indigenous cultures of the Himalayas through education, community development and social outreach. For the past 15 years we have been committed to developing this outpost of a school to include the addition of all classes through Grade 12. It is the ONLY school in the Everest region that can provide this kind of service for the Sherpa population. Over the years our work also involved the construction of extra classroom buildings, outfitting those classrooms, and hiring teachers from Kathmandu who are paid an extra stipend to leave their families from down valley to live in the mountains for the school year. The Himalayan Project has also provided funding for a school auditorium, a library that is supplied with Nepali, Tibetan and English books, a renovation of a school kitchen for the boarding students that live more than 4 walking hours each way to school, hiring a Sherpa cultural teacher to pass down the song, dance, storytelling and oral language of this Tibetan based culture and most importantly, provided scholarship funding for children whose parents earn an annual income of $200/year and cannot afford the $20/month that it costs to educate a child. Education in Nepal is NOT a birthright.
Many years ago someone asked me when I would feel that The Himalayan Project has been a success......and my answer right from the get-go has always been when this indigenous culture understands how critical their contributions are to the world of diversity. God help us when we all start singing the same songs, telling the same stories and gyrating to the same dances!
Now The Himalayan Project has had a request by the village school committee to provide the funding for the construction of a Sherpa Cultural Center on the Chaurikharka school grounds which will be a centerpiece for the community. I am especially thrilled by this request as it was initiated and totally planned and thought through by the community itself......NOT by a hint or a suggestion or a recommendation from The Himalayan Project team. In planning and designing the Sherpa Cultural Center, the community is committed to creating an atmosphere where Sherpa heritage is known and valued, where the environment is honored and where teachers understand that each student has a vast and unique potential. The Center will nurture a spirit of self-confidence, social responsibility, environmental awareness and cultural pride. The Sherpas are feeling tremendously empowered and beginning to recognize that they DO have value, that they DO fit into a bigger picture of diversity and that if they were not there as a mere little drop in the ocean, they would most definitely be missed. The Sherpa community has started the process of becoming sustainable. As Wells gave me the ability to feel empowered as I entered my new life after college full of possibilities, so The Himalayan Project has passed on this role and empowered a population that is now grabbing the chance to move forward in a sustainable way that will define a healthy, integrated and engaged community. The school is nurturing self-motivated students - and teachers- who yearn for knowledge and share a common desire to preserve their ancient culture. The curriculum prepares students for the challenges of both traditional village life with all of its ritual and the fast changing world that surrounds them.
So I'm learning how to accept my role as a "sideliner" as we move into this new phase of relationship. As we learn through our children, nothing could make me happier than to see the spreading of wings and the soaring off into a future of possibilities. An ordination invitation says that we are simply asked to make gentle and safe a bruised world, to help tame its savageness, to be compassionate of all, including ourselves, then in the time left over to repeat the ancient tale all over again.
I am grateful for the life-long tools that Wells College equipped me with as they sent me off into the world 41 years ago fortified with the courage and the grit and the endurance and the spirit to understand that the world is big enough to explore and small enough to make a difference!
Thank you all so very, very much!
Learn more about The Himalayan Project here.
How can I thank you enough for the most AMAZING experience that I have ever had regarding health care!!!! Your complete attention, gentle care, humor and gifted sensitivity to each and every one of us was simply unrivaled! I was particularly moved by ACBM's general sentiment of "why settle for Normal when you CAN have Optimal???? You all are an amazing team with incredible information and gifts to share and you are true gems within the world of medicine. I cannot wait to reconnect with you and cross paths again in the not too distant future.......
Hugs to you all!!!!!
Sally, ACBM Patient
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