Sometimes in the course of learning and teaching it is nice not to go by the book.  That is to say, stories and life experiences can be powerful teachers.  It is a delight to see the flow of the river interrupted by rocks and a small waterfall or two.  In this vein, I made plant story cards, numbering 52, with a tinge of tarot feel.  There’s four suits – Light water soil climate; Plant parts and function; Foods medicines poisons ornamentals; and Pests sickness disaster death recycle and renewal.  The idea is to print the images on hard card stock, cut ’em up, pick a card, and go from there.

Get stuck in monsoon flooded streets while your roof collapses from the weight of the water; watching your tomato crop go to hell cause of warm nights wet days and fungal rot; hiking in the mountains and drinking tea to sooth altitude sickness; a mouth full of prickly pear fruit hairs.  Here we go!

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