Summertime 2013 and the livin' is... (photo heavy)

P1220519 It has been quite the summer, thus far. Since my last post, I concluded my internship at Growing Power, in which I had a wonderful experience. During these past three months, I had incredible opportunities to gain skills in cultivating mushrooms, managing honeybees, working farmers' markets and facilitating gardening lessons at a summer camp (a short list among countless other exposure to new ideas/skills). In addition,  I was able to experience the city of Milwaukee in the way I like best...on my bicycle! I got to explore the city, see splendid live music, and meet lovely new friends. My life feels like one big adventure, and I thank the universe for the opportunities and happiness that I've experienced these 23 years. It is my sincere hope that I can stay inspired, and in turn inspire others to make positive changes to their own lives.

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Jazz in the Park in Milwaukee, WI

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Awesome hanging bike rack in Bay View (my bike is the first one!)

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Microgreens

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Goats (and Natalie!)

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The new mushroom truck is working (and so is Zach)!

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I love oyster mushrooms...

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...from harvest to consumption! (mushroom tacos)

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Growing stuff (pictured: peas, cucumber, kale, carrots, and okra)!

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Hey ladies! (Honeybees!)

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Teaching kids about gardening!

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Started makin' my own toofpaste

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Learned how to make chocolate in a labor for education (and food/chocolate because Dan is awesome) exchange. Check out Dan's chocolates

These photographs do not even begin to illustrate the fabulous time that I had. I have many fond memories of cooking out, dancing like a fool, and simply having good times with good company.

The Next Chapter: Big Sky

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Now, I am in Montana, where I spent some time in Bozeman, meeting more lovely folks and dancing away to bluegrass. Then I hopped in a car north to Helena, where I reunited with my best friend, partner in crime, chess opponent, and various other titles/relations...George Kimball! Here is a photo narrative of George and Matt on what to do when your frisbee goes over a fence.

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I am excited to do things (camp, swim, explore) in Montana. Happy rest of summer!

Melissa