Thursday, April 2, 2020

Covid Cafe: Marisa Finds A Salad In Her Yard

Good day to you, tenacious chefs of Covid Cafe. One of the grand benefits of having nieces and nephews is getting to meet the really nice people they choose as partners. Today one of them, Marisa (married to another cool nephew, Dustin) from Nashville brings the green...

Spinach box greenhouse with arugula seeds

Marisa writes: One thing I've been doing is foraging in my yard for native plants that have medicinal properties. I go out each day and get things to make a salad or tea. I was surprised to find that the kids loved this activity. Chase asks every day if we can get some food from the yard to eat. We have abundant Red Dead Nettle, Cleavers, Chickweed, Violet, Plantain, Dandelion, Onion/Garlic, Forsythia, and more.
I've learned to identify almost all the plants growing on our land. We are blessed with some amazing anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and mucilaginous plants.

What a gorgeous blend! Thanks, Marisa. Clearly you're all keeping well and healthy. 
United Center as Food Storage
To meet growing demand, the Greater Chicago Food Depository will use the United Center as a satellite storage facility on the Near West Side.  They’ll also use the arena to accommodate more volunteers to help package food for families. Read more here...

Today's Covid Cafe brought to you 
by mask-maker Kristen in Grand Rapids
Kristen writes: A couple of local craftswomen whose businesses were closed down decided to donate their time and skill and organize a mask drive. They're coordinating with local hospitals to determine what patterns are needed and organizing to purchase materials in bulk from their normal suppliers, or donators, and then distribute kits of pre-cut and measured supplies to community volunteers in order to minimize waste.

They've crowdsourced folx donating supplies and funding and so far hundreds of masks have been made for all the local hospitals and are spreading to hospice and long term care units! In a week. So damned impressive. 
NB: Kristen is now making masks for the homeless people living near her, to help them feel more secure on the street and/or in shelters.
Blooming hedgehog cactus, via Arizona Jane

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