February 22, 2013

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

By Stowel Lake Farm

We participated in a Multicultural Celebration at the kids’ school this afternoon. After the performances and sharing by children and adults alike, the adults were invited to be part of a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. This woman pictured in the photos, Salam, was born in Ethiopia and now lives in Victoria. She shared with us some of the customs around coffee in regards to family and community life. Salam explained how Ethiopians will have coffee ceremonies often several times a day, upon waking, returning to the house after church, whenever someone drops by for a visit and as a part of holidays and significant life moments.
The whole family sits down for the ceremony which includes roasting the coffee beans, grinding the coffee, brewing and serving. The children do not drink coffee but must wait until the adults are served before taking food.
The coffee is served black or with milk and sugar although Salam mentioned that in Ethiopia only the rich people would have milk. Popcorn is the traditional snack to serve with a coffee ceremony along with bread and sweets if it is a special holiday.
Coffee ceremonies are also a time for people to share their troubles and will often go late into the night if someone needs to work through a problem.

Salam poured a little coffee from cup to cup before filling each cup from the pot.

At the end of each ceremony a blessing is requested or thanks is given. In the morning time they thank God for the day, if they have just moved they ask for a blessing on the the new house.
Haidee and I were both so grateful to have experienced this rich and beautiful tradition. Lv. Liz

February 21, 2013

Bush Truck!!!

By Stowel Lake Farm

We’ve waited three years for this!

February 21, 2013

Thursday Gratitude

By Stowel Lake Farm

{Thursday is Community Day on our Farm}
I am grateful for:


February 16, 2013

{this moment}

By Stowel Lake Farm

In the tradition of Soulemama
“A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

February 07, 2013

Fire Thursday

By Stowel Lake Farm

{Thursday is Community Day on our Farm}
I am grateful for:
the opportunity to work away in Portland and to be able to return to this beautiful place
*being one step closer to being a permanent resident of Salt Spring Island!
*talking with my son on the phone who I haven’t spoken to since the middle of December and for the incredible journey that he has been on
*having young children and enjoying the sweet moments that come with that – bed swapping in the night, quiet play in the early morning hours
*berries in my freezer
*the sun today

We celebrated Imbolc today (a little late due to illness) by lighting our burn pile, celebrating the fire, the return of the light, the time of honouring seeds and creative inspiration. We also had a huge list of jobs to accomplish today and managed to get through a good bit of it!

Matt, Noah and Liz cleaned out the (dreaded) shack, Matt and Noah tackling the heavy lifting and sorting through garbage while Liz came in for the sweep up.

Devin was back at work on the bush truck installing a very impressive looking drive shaft.

Haidee and Nicola dug up some Persicaria and potted it up for the plant sale. Look at the sunlight coming in the glasshouse – so, so good.

Some very serious dog walking went on for most of the morning.

Roman cleaned out the baby chick house in anticipation of spring chicks!

And finally we lunched down at the burn pile with hot dogs and all sorts of other yummy treats.

February 04, 2013

Blessing the seeds

By Stowel Lake Farm

Close your eyes.

Picture the seeds in front of you.

Now take your mind to the all seeds we have stored away. All the seeds we grew and saved last season.

Now take your mind further and picture all the seeds, all over the world, still in the hands of farmers.

Now imagine the history of those seeds. The farmers and families before us who saved these seeds. The people before that and the people before that.

People saving seeds in one season, to plant in another. Planting seeds to feed their families, their communities, each other.

Imagine these seeds.

Now with your whole being send these seeds love and light, strength and vitality, good vigour and abundance.

* * *

In this time that’s dark and slow
I light a fire to help you grow
I ask Mother Earth to make you strong,
Giving you life, healthy and long.

In this time light starts to show
I light a candle to help you grow
A blessing on life of all kinds
To feed our hearts and souls and minds.

lv. Liz
(*the poem is an adaptation of a traditional seed blessing)

February 01, 2013

{this moment}

By Stowel Lake Farm

In the tradition of Soulemama
“A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

February 01, 2013

Clean-up Thursday

By Stowel Lake Farm

{Thursday is Community Day on our Farm}
I am grateful for:
the big white rooster
*nature and the variations of landscapes on this planet
*the green beans that I put in my freezer last summer (I will put even more away this coming season!)
*being able to go to San Francisco and attend a memorial service like I have never attended before – public, intimate and beautiful all at the same time
*my ability to be with pain and discomfort in my body and these candles lit this morning
*being here today and connecting with you all

Quite a few members of our community are away right now so our Thursdays are feeling small, peaceful and quiet. We are really in the season, this season of cleaning and clearing out and preparing for the coming spring. We were going to celebrate Imbolc this Thursday but Haidee was at home sick so we will wait until next week to burn our fire and celebrate the return of the sun. So we cleaned and cleaned.

Marsha and Noah put down fresh hay for the cows and chickens.

Lizzie cleaned he patio in front of the Barn (and the barbecue which was !!!!!).

Roman pressure washed the inside and outside of the moveable chicken house.

Nicola and Alinka cleaned and sorted through our “Swallow House” where we house pots and other gardening supplies. Devin (of course) worked away on our farm truck, which will be operating on the farm this year! (knock on wood.)