Not So Simple


surprise coloration in Laughing Frog’s sunflower mix

Here’s a last-minute reminder for those of you in Mendocino County and adjacent reaches of northern California. This weekend is the Not So Simple Living Fair at the Booneville fairgrounds. I love this event for its profoundly DYI approach and its wealth of quirky, wide-ranging,  and perhaps essential bits of information. Emergency goat medicine, blacksmithing, how to make hard cider, laundry soap, plant medicines, gourd bowls… things you’ve always wanted to know and things you’ve never imagined.

Even though there’s a lot on offer, at the NSSLF I always feel like there’s plenty of time, maybe because it’s so well organized. Maybe also because it takes place mostly outdoors under the cooling shade of redwoods. It’s a zero-waste event, too – bring your own plates etc – there’ll be a dish-washing station for you to use.

I’ll be there with a seed saving / seed cleaning workshop at 2 pm on Saturday.

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