Archives: May 2013

Form and Fungus

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Mushrooms. Pretty much our favorite thing over here at LDBA. (not THOSE kind)… We eat them, paint them, grow them, cut them, hunt for them, and are continuously fascinated by them. One of my favorite humans, Paul Stamets, is a mushroom expert, and has a wonderful Ted Talk called “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World”. Among those 6 ways he speaks about putting mycelium on an oil spill; 6 weeks later hundreds of oyster mushrooms cover the pile. After that spores attract insects, insects hatch larvae which attract birds, birds poop out seeds on the pile, and 2 weeks later the pile is covered with grass. Boom. Also, in the May 20th issue of The New Yorker, there is a FANTASTIC article about mushrooms replacing styrofoam and plastics in packing materials and insulation!! The company is called Ecovative, some of what they are doing involves “growing electric circuits on fungal tissue made of the mycelium of household mold” which acts as an excellent insulator.  Read the article, it is super inspiring and informative.
The future of LDBA will be mushroom heavy, and to get ready for it,  you can purchase a mushroom knife that will be hand made from Christopher Harth. (He will also lead foraging workshops, knife handling courses and much more and LDBA and Farm Camp!)
HERE’S TO THE FUNGI FUTURE!

desert high

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G
oing home for me means that I get to spend time in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. On this trip I got to replenish my Sage Smudge Sticks and baskets for sale, hang with my Mama and 97 year old Grandfather, hit the Flea Market for Southwest treasures, including these camp flags that we will fly during Farm Camp this August. Green chilis, prayer flags, blue skies and adobe houses colored my world for a week and I’m back in Brooklyn ready for an amazing LDBA Summer!

fresh from the farm

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This week I will be sharing some of the pictures we took from our LDBA FARM camp-scouting in MA. We got to walk the property (82 acres!) and found our perfect campsite, adventure trails, secret islands, Bermuda Circle (honestly), swimming holes, beaver homes, ramp fields and so much more. The Berkshire’s are in Spring Bloom right now, with fruit trees, lilacs, Dogwood and Magnolia flowers all showing their colors, veggies are just starting to peek up from the ground, and spirits are high after a long, cold winter.
Target practice- we will have targets set up for your kids to practice their bows and arrows, Lucien has bow in hand and is on his way to shoot, and finally we made the perfect fire to toast marshmallow’s for S’mores! Spots are filling up, so make sure to sign up HERE!
Also, don’t forget about our adult classes in June! Learn how to dye your own clothes with Indigo, hand write your own letters, and make your own cleaning products. You can get all the gear for class in our shop!
Have a wonderful long weekend, and xoxo LDBA loves you !

fresh from the farm

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This week I will be sharing some of the pictures we took from our LDBA FARM camp-scouting in MA. We got to walk the property (82 acres!) and found our perfect campsite, adventure trails, secret islands, Bermuda Circle (honestly), swimming holes, beaver homes, ramp fields and so much more. The Berkshire’s are in Spring Bloom right now, with fruit trees, lilacs, Dogwood and Magnolia flowers all showing their colors, veggies are just starting to peek up from the ground, and spirits are high after a long, cold winter.
Oyster Mushrooms, a properly built camp fire and one of the many swimming holes we found. Sign up here.

Fresh from the farm

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This week I will be sharing some of the pictures we took from our LDBA FARM camp-scouting in MA. We got to walk the property (82 acres!) and found our perfect campsite, adventure trails, secret islands, Bermuda Circle (honestly), swimming holes, beaver homes, ramp fields and so much more. The Berkshire’s are in Spring Bloom right now, with fruit trees, lilacs, Dogwood and Magnolia flowers all showing their colors, veggies are just starting to peek up from the ground, and spirits are high after a long, cold winter.
From the top: The pastures where animals roam, the “special chickens” chicken coop, and a baby lamb. Sign up here for LDBA Farm Camp.