As we experience the beginning of the sunlight returning after the long winter months there is an anticipation of springtime activities such as gardening. Plans are made, what to plant, what to build and the waiting for warmer weather begins. Mary and I hosted the 4th annual Imbolc celebration, also known as St. Brigid's Day, Candlemas, or Groundhog's Day (for more information on Imbolc or past celebrations click on http://www.lifecycling.net/festival---imbolc.html or visit the website at http://www.lifecycling.net/).
Before the gathering the wood is loaded into the biochar maker and lit. As the outer wood is burned bio-char will be produced and also keep everyone warm on this cold day. The bio-char is added to the compost and gardens to enhance microbial growth in our soil.
Mary is mounting a hand crank grinding wheel to sharpen tools.
Jane and Drew are using a hand crank grinder to get their garden tools ready for spring time gardening.
Larry sharpening his clippers.
They must be admiring the beauty of the bio-char maker.
Gathering around the warm burning barrel.
Closing the day with sharing a meal.