Plants to the People! COVID-19 Mutual Aid Action

The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic and non-profit Daily Acts are distributing 1,500 garden kits to Latinx community members experiencing food insecurity in Sonoma County. We are partnering with United Farm Workers, Graton Day Labor Center, La Luz Center, La Plaza, CAP Sonoma and Sonoma Valley Community Health to take action at their resource distribution sites.

We believe the COVID-19 gardening movement is rooted in a deep human instinct to cultivate resiliency through connecting to the earth. As we touch soil, tend plants and grow food we reclaim our power to nourish ourselves and our communities.

Mother earth feeds us with her fruits and vegetables and heals us with her plants.  It is impossible to live without them.” –Maria de Lourdes Pérez Centurión (Promatora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic) 

The ready-to-go garden kits contain essentials for growing food and medicine, including: culturally relevant plant starts; vegetable and flower seeds; organic potting soil; GeoPot Fabric Pot planters; medicinal teas and bilingual educational gardening resources.

Thank you to our donors: West Marin Compost; Mercy Wellness; Sonoma County Climate Activist Network; Shone Farm; Petaluma Bounty; Mary Foley; The California School of Herbal Studies; Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Left Coast Wholesale, Traditional Medicinals, and Tadin.

Join us by donating your time as a volunteer or by making a fiscal contribution to our work. ¡Sí se puede!

Donate $50 today to fund a garden kit for a community member!

Contact us at info@thebotanicalbus.org to volunteer.


The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Moblie Herb Clinic y Daily Acts están distribuyendo 1,500 kits de jardinería a los miembros de la comunidad Latinx que están enfrentando inseguridad alimentaria en el condado de Sonoma. Estamos trabajando con United Farm Workers, Graton Day Labor Center, La Luz Center, La Plaza, CAP Sonoma y Sonoma Valley Community Health para tomar acción en sus sitios de distribución de recursos.

Nosotros creemos que el movimiento de jardinería durante COVID-19 tiene raizes fuertes en el instinto humano para nutrirnos y conectarnos con la tierra. A medida que tocamos la tierra, cuidamos las plantas y cultivamos alimentos, reclamamos nuestro poder de nutrirnos a nosotros mismos y a nuestras comunidades.

“La madre tierra nos alimenta con sus frutas y verduras y nos cura con sus plantas. Es imposible vivir sin ellas”.-Maria de Lourdes Pérez Centurión (Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic) 

Los kits de jardín listos para llevar contienen: plantas medicinales y alimenticias que son culturalmente relevantes; semillas de vegetales y flores; tierra orgánica; macetas de tela GeoPot; té medicinales y recursos educativos de jardinería bilingües.

Gracias a nuestros donantes: West Marin Compost; Mercy Wellness; Sonoma County Climate Activist Network; Shone Farm; Petaluma Bounty; Mary Foley; The California School of Herbal Studies; Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Left Coast Wholesale, Traditional Medicinals, y Tadin.

Únase a nosotros donando su tiempo como voluntario o haciendo una contribución fiscal a nuestro trabajo. ¡Sí se puede!

¡Done $ 50 hoy para financiar un kit de jardín para un miembro de la comunidad!

Póngase en contacto con nosotros en info@thebotanicalbus.org para ser voluntario.

Respira Tranquila Melita

Love our lungs! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine grief is housed in the chest. Take a deep breath….that tightness you might feel can be associated with the emotions of sadness, fear and stress. This resonates with us right now in the time of COVID-19 when those with compromised respiratory health are at heightened risk of infection. What can we do to reduce inflamed respiratory passages and breath a little easier? Here is a simple remedy using elderflower + orange peel + local raw honey which is known to relieve allergy symptoms (runny nose, itchy throat and eyes) and reduce the inflammatory histamine response. We love to stir this blend into a cup of nettle tea for strong anti-histamine action.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz raw local honey
  • 1 cup Elderflower (fresh blossoms or dried)
  • 1 cup Orange Peel (finely chopped fresh or dried)

Instructions:

Fill the Mason jar with herbs, cover and fill to the top with honey. Let stand for 1 month. Strain if you like or leave the herbs in for a stronger medicine. The blossom and orange peel are delicious, especially when covered in sweet honey!

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