Okay, well I have a few things… more than a few….. but there are a few things I’m passionate about one of them is foraging. I like to call it original earth food or original earth garden food or original garden food rather than wild because it’s what we were given at the beginning of time.
One of the original garden foods was this one: chickweed, which is delicious. I eat it a lot; I make a lot of spring green salads with it.
One of my other passions is singing. In this last year I’ve been writing song I want to share. A song about this beautiful plant that I adore called chickweed and it’s other name is Stellaria.
I’ve been teaching this to the kids here in the Ecovillage and some of the young ones have really taken it up. It’s really fun to be walking with them and we’ll start singing it together. We’ll be skipping down the road singing the song. Here it goes..
Skipping down a path on a blue sky day the sun shimmers down on my head. A…
See my friend chickweed on the edge of the field I ask if I can harvest for a meal.
Stellaria your taste and charm reminds me I’m a creature so wild. I place your tiny white flowers in the mouth of a fairy child
Courtney Brooke (she/her) is an ancestor who was a Social Ecologist, Regenerative Designer, and educator whose work aims to reconnect people with a sense of belonging to place. Her work in the world aims to address the root cause of today’s overwhelming ecological challenges – that humans are starved of a sense of belonging to the places they live.
Courtney Brooke was raised on a small farm in North Georgia, and has been guided by a lifetime of living close to the land. Her greatest teachers have been the Appalachian Mountains, the land of Aotearoa, and Selu, the Corn Mother. She holds a degree in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, and has 10 years of experience facilitating earth-based education, ecological landscape design, women’s rites of passage, and cultural healing.
Courtney Brooke has taught and facilitated environmental education curriculum, Deep Ecology, Permaculture Design Courses, hands-on craft and farming workshops, and Holistic Management to a wide range of audiences in nine countries from toddlers to adults and everyone in between.
Deeply committed to spreading the healing that comes from belonging to the places we live, Courtney Brooke is passionate about designing learning opportunities that celebrate life. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage where she tends the land, raises food, participates in communal ritual agriculture, swims in wild water, enjoys the mysterious blessing of being alive, and tends her own wild Hearth. She loves cooking home-grown and wild foraged foods, playing her flute to the sunrise, running on mountain trails, making compost piles, crafting from natural materials, and bringing people together to create beauty that feeds the holy.
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