Come for a cozy night of songs rooted in land, ancestors, deepening connections and the season (…oh, and you will also laugh).
Home Health Herbs at Taproot Commons – Garden & Wild Plant Allies
* = use these lavishly as infusions (strong tea).
17 Herbs To Grow at Home: Plant starts (seeds or bulbs… and some tinctures) available at Taproot Commons Farm Stand. For workshops to show you how to use and grow these plants, go to www.sarahstockwell.com. Many of these plants are very generous, and will spread and self-seed, esp. not used prolifically! So use them!)
*Lemon Balm (perennial: may self-seed prolifically if not used.)
*Peppermint (perennial: spreads by runners)
*Nettle (perennial: spreads by seed and runners)
*Tulsi/Sacred Basil (annual: may self-seed)
*Oats (direct seed in your garden)
*Catnip (perennial: spreads and self-seeds)
Motherwort (perennial: may self-seed)
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale, perennial: spreads and self-seeds)
Calendula (annual: will self-seed)
Marshmallow (perennial, will self-seed)
Mugwort (perennial: spreads by runners, pull them back)
Boneset (perennial: will self-seed conservatively)
Elder (perennial shrub)
Garlic (annual bulb: plant in late fall for next year)
Echinacea (perennial: will self-seed reasonably)
To Grow Indoors:
Wild plants to encourage and gather:
*Red Clover flower
*Violet leaf and flower
*Red Raspberry leaf
*Dandelion leaf, (flower, root)
Mullein leaf and flower
Evening Primrose/Borage (eat flowers, collect seeds for oil nutrients)
Burdock root (biennial: use 1st year root)
Yellow Dock leaf and root
Evergreen needles (such as pines, firs, cedars – not yew)
St. Johns Wort leaf and flower
Wild ginger (Asarum)
Richard Shindell’s, “The Ballad of Mary Magdalene” at
the Iron Horse Music Hall on August 29, 2007.
The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (www.hilltowncdc.org) is a great organization here in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts — its annual Spring Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve been singing Dave Mallet’s “I Knew This Place” for a couple of decades (www.davidmallett.com). Reminds me of my family’s connection to my grandparent’s land.
Singing Dougie MacLean’s “Solid Ground” in Kip Sear’s hay field, Cummington, MA. Video and inspiration by Rose Wessel (www.threesalamanders.com).
Greg Brown’s “Just a Bum” at the Iron Horse Music Hall
in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.
Sarah sings Bob Franke’s “Healing in this Night” at the Iron Horse
Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.
Sarah sings Michael Smith’s “The Dead Egyptian Blues” at the Iron
Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.