Ocapi, the LEESU laboratory project headed by Fabien Esculier with a motley crew of researchers and the lovely anthropologist/biologist Marine Legrand have officially taken over a plot in the garden. Their goal is to finish the cycle of using fermented urine as fertilizer to add nitrogen and phosphorus to the soil. Recycling at its finest. They added some cool signs for the Future Days event.
After an ultra-hot, ultra-dry summer, the garden is getting some loving care from the new We Are What We Eat students and folks from the LEESU Okapi project.
Friday was a day of poetry, invention and medicinals in the garden. Three different project groups from the English section shared their work on a lovely sunny if pollenous afternoon. We had Wordsworth and Dickenson, thyme jelly and cold angelica tea and inaugurated the « indestructable » information stand made from a reused bridge structure and pallet wood. There was a fun exchange about allergies and lots of shared kleenexes before the rain which cleared the sky.
The We Are What We Eat students got our beans, potatoes and artichoke plants in the ground today after recovering the garden from the waist-high weeds. (Thanks ID Vert). It also gave me the occasion to explain the difference between weeds and weed, especially when someone confused the fake strawberry plants for the latter. It appears that no one had any fun at all (or maybe just a little…)
Our new course of We Are What We Eat getting a taste of fall gardening. Fortunately, one of our friends and JP founders spent a summer gardening with his lovely daughter and we came back to well-kempt crops and flower beds. The vandals were ruthless though, once again breaking our pond and destroying one of our bench projects.
Here are a few pics from Louise from the occasion.
For the DLC Days, the Jardin hosted to the Book Club which read excerpts from Lewis Carroll to Ray Bradbury to Shakespeare. Parched from the sun and the willow fluff blowing around, Speaking Near and Far folks had an aromatic herb syrup taste test for the participants and the audience. Trying to recognize the subtle perfumes of rosemary, thyme, lemon balm and mint tickling our tongues, was a great game for a sunny afternoon.
After a summer of vandalism, drought and misguided landscape maintenance which chopped down all of our baby fruit trees, the Field Trip students were ripe with projects to set things right. After planting spring time bombs, they took off on a series of projects on signage, seating, fencing and walkways.