Sín Fronteras Without Borders

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

~Anaïs Nin

20150716_111414

Sitting on 3 acres of Earth, just outside of the city of Minneapolis, Farmer Eduardo grows the most authentic, organic latino vegetables.  He arrives at sunrise with fellow Farmer Maddy to start the days work.  Their herbs & vegetables reach many happy hands at local farmer’s markets, co-ops, restaurants and through Minnesota’s 1st Latino CSA Program.

Eduardo’s intention for Sín Fronteras, translated as Without Borders, is to be a bridge for Latino families to have access to organic, healthy food.  Some members of his CSA trade their skills in exchange for food.  Eduardo gives his heart to shine light on food justice within his Latino community.  His work is a clear expression of his passion.

At Sín Fronteras Farm & Food the land provides healthy habitat for bees & other beneficial insects by using sustainable methods Eduardo learned from his Abuelo Grandfather in Mexico.  Sín Fronteras is also a Certified Organic farm, which speaks a lot to people dedicated to eating nutritious, safe food.  Through these farming practices, the land is honored and preserved for many generations to come.

20150716_092014

Buying locally raised organic produce is the safest, freshest, most nutritious way to feed your family!  There is something really special about buying food directly from a Farmer.  An exchange of a genuine conversation, a sincere smile.  Finding that big juicy tomato! Supporting local people and organic agriculture!  Friendly, open communication to learn new recipes, try new foods and build a deeper relation to where your food comes from.  Directly from Hands that nurture the Earth.

20150716_121201 copy

They grow crops such as Mexican grey squash, sweet corn, purple flower corn, cilantro, peppers, tomatillos, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage, scallions, roma tomatoes, rainbow carrots, basil, calendula, buckwheat and epazote.  Local chefs are stoked on Eduardo’s fresh produce!  During my day on the farm we bundled lots of cilantro–a popular favorite!

20150716_121149

 

20150716_104148 copy

Epazote is an ancient medicinal herb used for thousands of years by Mexican indigenous peoples.  Add 1-3 sprigs towards the end of cooking beans, corn, stews as it acts as a carminative and aids in digestion.  It helps to calm & balance the nervous system and support adrenal function.

20150716_093425

Eduardo previously worked at a local co-op which allowed him to build many relations and connections within the local food movement.  This has brought him a lot of community support.  Team work makes the dream work!

20150716_142732

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside–two dedicated, gifted, kind souls that truly love what they do.  As I left the farm, driving down the dirt road, l was engulfed by the majesty and grace of two cranes walking in the field.  I saw this as an omen.  A message from the Universe that the work being done on the land there is protected and will flourish and continue to grow for a long time.

To learn more about Eduardo’s work at Sín Fronteras, check out the recent publishing from NY Times!

Earth Eden Sanctuary

20150706_202214

Tucked South of Lake Ontario, in North Rose, NY lies an expansive farmstead run by One dedicated, beautiful spirit, Nancy.  Her devotion of restoring health to humanity & the planet is clear in her creation of Earth Eden Sanctuary.  eye had the delight of wwoofing on her land for 5 days ~ Learning, creating, foraging, connecting, sharing, cooking… all from the Heart.

raspberries

Early July is the perfect time to forage blackberries and raspberries in the North East. The darker the color, the sweeter, riper the berry.  When a fruit is super ripe it is easiest for us to digest and holds sweet nutritional value.  Berries are a great source of antioxidants and anthocyanins that help keep our bodies free of dis-ease and our skin smooth & vibrant!  Nancy and eye got daily doses of this plant medicine in our breakfast smoothies and dessert (:

20150705_125909

Fruits of Labor

20150705_114350

The blackberries are native and just grow wild on her land.  The perennial Raspberries above, she planted many years ago and have spread so nicely!  So much Abundance!  The Earth provides everything we Truly need.  Below is a picture of a lovely lady, African Grey Parrot.  She would hang out by the berry patch when eye would harvest and share her songs and words!  eye never really connected with birds in an intimate way till her (:

20150705_122853

eye also discovered other wild edibles flourishing that we used in salads and sauteéd veggies.  These are likely in your backyard if you live in this region.  Lambs Quarters is similar to spinach but we agree that it’s even better (;  Bunnies sure do appreciate these greens too.

20150705_170945

Nature’s Wild Superfood aka Lamb’s Quarters grows throughout the US and is packed with vitamins A + C, protein & fiber. Vitamin A nurtures healthy brain function, vision, strengthens bones & is a powerful antioxidant that slows aging! Vitamin C boosts immunity, provides heart health & creates collagen in connective tissues of the body.  Plant proteins are super vital to keep your cells & arteries healthy!

Eating more plant-based protein creates an alkaline environment in the body where dis-ease cannot exist.  It also keeps your tummy feeling balanced because it is easily digestible, contains healthy fats & is free of hormones & antibiotics!  Fiber is important for digestive, heart & skin health.  When enjoying this wild one, small leaves are best eaten raw while larger ones are great sautéed.  You can harvest leaves all season till first frost.

20150705_170846

Purslane is a Wild Edible that resembles Jade in its succulent nature and tastes a cross between spinach + watercress.  Eat Raw or lightly stir fry.  It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies depend on from outside sources.  You can also get more Omega-3s by eating walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, seaweed, leafy greens, winter squash, mangoes, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, wild rice, brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli rabe, beans dry-sourced and many other plant friends.  Omega-3s help clear depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and other uses.*

greenhouseWhen the snow is piled high in the Winter season, Nancy happily enters her greenhouse to harvest fresh greens for salads.  Can you imagine?  Having access to fresh, free, nutritious greens ALL Winter?!  She also uses this to get her seedlings started for her vegetable gardens.

20150706_095539

This patch of mustard growing high and bright was solely dedicated to offering bees organic nectar from the flowers.  eye would often find myself falling into a trance watching & listening to the bees at work.

Nancy dropped some knowledge on me about bees.  Honey bee “industry”farmers do not give to bees as much as they take.  They provide hives for them that have hexagonal shapes built-in.  Manufacturers make these hexagons larger than the bees would naturally make them.  This in turns causes the worker bees to work extra hard to fill it with honey.  This causes them exhaustion over time where their hives can more easily be invaded by mites. Bees are too tired to fight them off.  Most industry Honey Bee “Keepers” having hives of excessive amounts of 5,000-50,000 feed their bees corn syrup after taking all their honey.  Check out the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” on Netflix to learn more about what is happening to Bees and why they are leaving their hives.

20150705_124714

Lunch breaks eye would sit under a kind, shady tree and gaze out at this pond.  Feeling a cool calm run through me with the embrace of the breeze.  Knowing eye had no where else eye would rather be.  Watching the friendly frogs hang around.  Listening to Nature’s Sounds.

20150708_111315

Pictured above is an Indian Pipe Mushroom.  It is edible when cooked and hold a really special vibration.  Did not see too many so eye left this one to be.  Native Americans use the sap of this mushroom for medicinal purposes, such as treating eye infections.

As eye stumbled upon this mushroom, my dear friend & farmer, Nancy walked me down to a stream on the edge of her land.  There we sang an Algonquin Women’s Water Blessing song to each of the 4 directions.  She played her deer skin drum that she hand-made.  She found a deer without Life on the side of the road and decided to Honor her Life by using the resources of this animal to create a Medicine Drum. Aho.

20150708_111106

My last evening in NY, Nancy encouraged me to explore the Chimney Bluffs alongside Lake Ontario.  The clouds were becoming dark as a storm was getting ready to roll in.  eye took delight in wandering around the beach and bluffs by mySelf.  Finding little nooks to hang out in and observe the clouds and the water.

20150707_184031

20150707_182442

20150707_180515

Journal notes from July 4, 2015 – North Rose, NY

eye am thankful for all that eye have experienced in this lifetime & for my ancestors passing on their wisdom to me.  It’s in my DNA.  dis-ease is first created by emotional trauma that develops into a physical symptom.  Everything is Energy.  All living beings are tiny pieces that make up the whole.  Love is the greatest force on Earth.

We are being called to reconnect to our Hearts.  So, that we may live from our hearts & exist on a higher frequency.  Connecting with other Hearts to build Relations.  To grow our Love power.

This will naturally create the human conscious shift for beings that are willing to be Open.  eye am here to help with the new changes happening on our planet.  May eye focus working with my divine feminine creative energy.  Explore safe places in nature to observe, learn & share with the Journey 2 Earth Wellness commUnity.

Love & Light ❤

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our Light, not our Darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am eye to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the World.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson