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SLPS met under cool sky, warm earth, and to the sounds of crickets in the late July evening to celebrate Lughnasadh, the first harvest, and honor the Celtic God Lugh on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The altar was set, adorned with seasonal items, cock candles, corn, nude Lugh painting, and flowers. The fruits of the first harvest, the Society garden, were presented before the Gods. The harvest included: baquieu and romaine lettuce; onions; shallots;  shishito, serrano, and anaheim peppers; okra, yellow squash; parsley, oregano, and dill herbs. Four types of jam from the fruit trees that have produced from the garden: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, apricot plum, and plum (plums from the red plum trees on the curb). The Society is greatly blessed to have such harvests from the Good Earth Mother, Gaia. All the hard work of the garden has paid off!

Homemade cornmeal buttercream cupcakes were made by member Stesah Bowden. Wyld Extra Pale Ale and Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber were the drinks of choice for John Barleycorn, who is burned as an offering from the wheat/corn to the gods at this time. Without the god Lugh, Lughnasadh is celebrated at Lammas, as a holiday of thanksgiving surrounding the first of three harvests that happen in August, September, and October.

The members meditated to the song “Lammas” on the album Circle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The members went around afterwards in a circle and offered up thanks for all the things the were grateful for in life, lending that energy to the overall gratitude of the harvests.

The feasts including sauteed yellow squash with bacon, onions, and shallots (a traditional Gullah/Charleston, SC recipe by Muad’Dib who hails from that part of the world), BBQ-ed ribs, and chicken mole enchiladas.

Lughnasadh 2016, altar, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, harvests of the Society garden l to r- baquieu and romaine lettuce; yellow squash; Anaheim, Serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; shallots; onions; parsley, dill, and oregano herbs. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, altar with harvests l to r-romaine lettuce, yellow squash, Anaheim, Serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; tomatoes; shallots; onions; parsley. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, cornmeal and buttercream muffins, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, fruit jam from fruit tree harvests l to r- apricot mango, apricot Oregon grape, plum, and plum apricot, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, Woman Between the Wolves lighting south candle, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, preparing sauteed squash with bacon, onion and shallot (from garden), Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, feast: chicken mole enchiladas with guacamole, ribs with mustard bbq sauce, and sauteed squash, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The society garden is growing strong! A month and a half of growing and many of the plants have bushed, vined, and stalked. Only a couple were lost, one cucumber, one corn, one pepper plant, and some onions. All in all, not so bad! The loss mainly may be due to the gophers or bad starters.

Peppers are coming in, vines on the watermelons and pumpkins have taken off, lettuce is growing high, squash is bushing, corn stalks are about 2 feet high and already show tassels, and onions are getting thick. The society is blessed with many plants and few pests!

Society Garden 2016, artichoke, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, peppers, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, peppers, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, anaheim pepper, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, Serrano chilies, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, celery, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, okra, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, watermelon, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, pumpkins, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, pumpkin patch, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, corn, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, yellow squash, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, leeks, cabbage (top) and lettuce (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, baquieu lettuce, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, cabbage, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, view looking down garden with corn (back), squash (back middle), lettuce (middle), leeks (right), and cabbage (front) with Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, square garden area with tomatoes (back), cucumber (back middle), tomatillos (back middle right), shallots (front middle) and onions (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, herbs Parsley (back), dill (cage), cilantro (front left) and oregano (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, view of garden along fence, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Since 2015’s garden was highly successful, the society will be planting a garden for 2016. This year the space with be expanded to included more room for pumpkins, asparagus, garlic, and other heirloom plants of choice by the society members.

SLPS President Muad’Dib and Vice President Shy Fox worked in the evening on Sunday, March 20, 2016 to clean and clear the old dead plants and evaluate the space. Surprisingly, a number of plants survived the winter! A few of the onions, one parsley, oregano, both cabbage plants, and all of the collard greens!

The old dead leaves were plucked off the cabbage and collards and the space cleaned for what is to come. Because some plants went to seed, the society expects to have a few self starters for dill and tomatillo.

Society Garden 2016, collard green survived the winter (with dead leaves removed), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, onions survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, parsely survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, cabbage survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2016, view of the garden looking south west- Oquirrh mountains in back and Shy Fox (right), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Blessed Be the Good Earth Mother and all her fertile soil. The new society garden has been planted and blessed this past week of May 24-31, 2015. Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, and the house dog Freyja worked hard over the last week to weed, turn the soil for roots, add manure, plant the crop and water the garden. “It was back breaking work. Most of it was the weeding with hoes and turning the soil with the cultivating forks, that took the whole week.” Said Shy Fox. Gwen Allen made an appearance, “my African blood was pumping strong. We were out there working like slaves! Real strong, I was feelin’ akin to the brothas and sistas from home in the Deep South workin’ the plantations!”

The planting on Sunday morning went quickly and easily after the hard work was done. It was done over night and in the early morning hours so that the society members wouldn’t be bothered by the bees. All included are: bell, Anaheim, Tabasco and jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, tomatillo, corn, oregano, cilantro, parsley, butternut squash, yellow squash, cucumbers, Georgia collard greens, cantaloupe, watermelon, a blue berry bush and a grape vine. President Muad’Dib gave a druid blessings on the land “May the fire of life Nwyfre come up at this point and give life and fertility to everything present.”

New Society Garden, Wasatch Mountains overlooking garden area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with cultivating fork, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Garden Area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox weeding, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, first dig into ground, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools along the fence, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools for the fae, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded garden area, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Plants from Home Depot, Tuesday, May 26 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen on break, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, l to r-Shy Fox, Gwen Allen, Woman Between the Wolves, Freyja, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Grape vine, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded pepper area with blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Freyja (l) and Shy Fox turning soil for roots, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in manure, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in pepper plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, jumping spider visiting and blessing garden area, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Society Garden, corn, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, planted tomatillo (front), tomatoes left going towards back), oregano (middle left), jalapeno, Anaheim, Tabasco, and bell peppers (back), corn (right coming towards front) and blue berry bush, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, cilantro (bottom left), corn, cucumber, yellow squash and onions, (left and middle left), butternut squash and cantaloupe (upper middle), dill (middle), green onions and grape (middle right), Georgia collard greens (right and middle and lower right), Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib kneeling with dill plant, Corn in back, butternut squash and cantaloupe right, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib standing proud in new garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox watering garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with garden behind apricot tree, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox behind beehives in watermelon area, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox planting watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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