knitted bags from Haiti, brought to our farm stands by an interesting organization called 1000Jobs. Much to my surprise, I read in one of the comments that 1000Jobs is run by a couple here in town, Lucy and Buck Close. They have been visiting Haiti regularly since the sixties, and now spend a week a month there. For those of you living in this area, Buck Close will be giving a talk this evening, called Is Haiti Hopeless?, at St. Andrew's By the Sea in Little Compton. Judging by the good work the Closes are doing, I can assure you that they do not believe Haiti is hopeless--but the title is an excellent one, as many people wonder exactly that. It should be interesting.
And here from Kathryn Grantham's new blog at Roots Remedies (I'm still taking the Energy Tonic, and it is working wonders, as is the influx of family love during what we call our annual Cousins Week) is a recipe for a natural, chemical-free bug repellant. Kathryn describes it in her newsletter. Love the touch of vodka:
Natural Insect Repellent
8oz alcohol – 80 or 10 proof vodka is a good choice
15 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops cedarwood essential oil
15 drops juniper essential oilMix well in a glass container, pour into a spray bottle, label and let the bug-free sunsets begin!