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Hi Great Hollow Friends,

My name is Darcey Blue French, and I’ll be teaching at Great
Hollow this spring in the Jr. Naturalist and Scouts programs!   I have
spent much of my life, both during childhood and as an adult enjoying,
learning about, and getting deeply intimate with the wild, natural
places on our great Earth.  I am an herbalist, and nutritionist by
trade, but deeply passionate about wild medicines, wild foods, and
deep nourishment of the body, mind and spirit through connection with
nature, and our relationships with plants, animals, water, food and
place.

I’ve worked in and studied the natural world and nature skills in
various ways over the years, including backcountry work for the Forest
Service, primitive/wilderness skills courses, camping, backpacking,
wild plant identification, wild foods preparation and cooking, nature
awareness, ecology, organic gardening and more!

I’m deeply honored and excited to be able to work closely with the
children and parents of Great Hollow to awaken, deepen, and nourish
the love, understanding and living experience of nature, wilderness
and the Earth.  I am so hopeful for our future when I think of
children and families who are knowledgeable, confident and empowered
to value themselves, their connections to life, the people in their
community and the ecosystem in which they live.  Looking forward to
meeting you all very soon and having adventures aplenty in the fields
and forests of Great Hollow!

~Darcey Blue French

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Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Here is a sneak peak at a wonderful homespun addition to our Friday learning bank. I’m calling it a learning bank instead of a curriculum as it feels more abundant and ready than ‘curriculum’. I always have my eyes peeled as I go along my daily tasks, mining for gems to add to our bank, and this one was a strike of gold.

Written and hand-illustrated by fellow home-schooling, homesteading mother, Kristine Brown (aka Tansy) these monthly morsels are chock-full of fun and wisdom. Replete with facts, lore, projects, puzzles, recipes, and seasonal relevance, she has created the perfect activity booklet for kids (and grown ups!) who love plants and herbal healing. Our Jr. Naturalists will be using portions as a seamless supplement to botany/herb class.

Herbal roots is available (a new one each month) through Tansy’s etsy shop, LunaFarm Creations, and she updates us regularly through hr wonderful homestead blog, Dancing in a field of Tansy. Her formal website is Luna Herb Co. Feel free to order one for yourself or give as a gift to a friend!

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