A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
Nancy Udell will talk about her podcast, Santa Fe Stories, a completely independent, locally created and produced show about the City Different with stories on arts, politics, people and policy, about the motivation for the show, the challenges of podcasting in Santa Fe, and the rewards!
In her former life, Nancy taught English at Walton High School in the Bronx, New York before going to the Yale Law School. She practiced law in New York and Washington DC for ten years, including as the General Counsel and Director of Policy of Common Good, an organization dedicated to common sense legal reform. Nancy moved to Santa Fe in 2005 with her husband Jim and they have never looked back. Nancy is also a gardener, a ceramic artist, and teaches English at Breakthrough Santa Fe. Her art work can be seen at nancyudell.com and at La Mesa of Santa Fe on Canyon Road.
“You can eat that?” Most of today’s gardeners have forgotten that daylily buds and milkweed pods are as delicious and nutritious as the plants are beautiful, and most foodies believe foraging for out-of-the-ordinary flavors requires trekking deep into the wilderness. But with her new book Backyard Foraging, author, ethnobotanist, and horticulturalist Ellen Zachos introduces beginner foragers to 65 common ornamental garden plants and weeds with a secret — they’re delicious!
Over the last several years, many high-end restaurants and adventurous foodies have been experimenting with foraged foods and flavors, and singing their praises. But foraging hasn’t been considered easy or accessible for the average home cook until now. Ideal for first-time foragers, Backyard Foraging features profiles of edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental garden plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. Each profile includes information on how the plant grows, how to harvest it while preserving its ornamental value, and how to best use it in the kitchen. Photographs of the profiled plants in the landscape, in close-up, and as food — as well as descriptions and images of potential nonedible look-alikes — make foraging as safe and easy as stepping into your own backyard.
Take a walk and look around – you may see lawns full of sheep sorrel, chickweed, dandelion, and pineapple weed. Or the vacant lot down the street might host edibles like sumac, purslane, or Japanese knotweed. Perhaps there’s garlic mustard, milkweed, ginkgo nuts, daylilies, or elderberries growing in your neighborhood park. With Backyard Foraging, it’s all about the thrill of discovery — so go out, pick a few Rose of Sharon flowers off the shrub by your back fence, stuff them with a sweet or savory cream cheese filling, and serve with afternoon tea!
And with the knowledge gained from Backyard Foraging, enterprising gardeners can go one step further and easily maximize their garden space by planning for and planting edible ornamentals — the superheroes of the modern garden that feed both body and soul.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
leads foraging walks and currently teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, where she received her certification in commercial horticulture and ethnobotany. She writes two blogs, which can be found at www.downanddirtygardening.com
, has written numerous gardening books, and has contributed to publications including Horticulture
and Better Homes & Gardens.
For years, Stalter showed people how to trade stocks using technical analysis. She has written many
articles for Forbes and other magazines and is an investment advisor with Portfolio LLC in Santa Fe, New Mexico helping people make better decisions about their long-term investing and retirement accounts. You can find more on Kate at: www.riggedmoney.com, www.RealMoney.com, and www.morningstar.com/advisor.
Stalter has an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, where she focused on finance and marketing. She's vegan, and every once in a while runs a 5K and tweets regularly @katestalter!
The Cooley family will talk about their time living in Santa Fe without a car; about the decision to sell the car; what it was like to haul stuff, groceries and children by bike; the challenges and rewards; Paul’s bike advocacy and his car-free bee business. They will discuss their personal experiences and offer opinions about the lifestyle of biking.
Paul wrote: "When I finally worked up the courage to bicycle with my infant daughter, I discovered that drivers treated me with more politeness than I had been accustomed to, either as a bicyclist or a motorist. This new courtesy was a relief. Although bicycling in traffic with Sadie terrified me, the degradation of our environment and community caused by motor vehicle use, and the ease with which I fall into the habit of jumping into the car whenever I need to go somewhere, terrified me even more. I did not want to begin my life as a parent with the hypocrisy of decrying environmental degradation while driving ten blocks to the local supermarket. My wife, Laura, and I began to move toward a car-lite existence as soon as Sadie could sit and support her head confidently.
Laura Cooley has worked as a public services librarian at the St. John’s College Meem library for 18 years.
Paul was gracious in allowing us to document his suburban backyard bee keeping labour of love. Paul produces honey that tastes like Santa Fe — the most delicious I’ve ever had!
Dr. Aroop Mangalik is an Emeritus Professor at UNM and has been a hematologist-medical oncologist at the UNM Cancer Center since 1983. He has been working on initiatives to make death comfortable for many years and recently joined a group called Compassion and Choices to further promote this goal.
Attached are some recent newspaper coverage of this issue. He would like to emphasize that he will
be speaking as an individual and does not represent UNM.
"As a condition to continue, I wish to state that I am acting purely and completely on my on in this matter. My statements and my opinions are my own and are in no way reflective on or connected to the University of New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center, faculty, our clinical practice, hospitals, clinics, schools, colleges or departments."
See article: Doctors seek clarity in New Mexico's assisted suicide law.
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