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Jun 202013
 

Come and join JADALNIA WARSZAWA (Warsaw Canteen) this summer in exploring the area around the CSW (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej / Center for Contemporary Art) for wild fruits, nuts, edible greens, as well as anything else interesting we may find!

In a series of walks (06/23, 07/28, 08/25, 09/01) we will explore an area approximately ,5 km (.3 miles) around the castle.  The first walk is Sunday, June 23 at 11 AM.

And we are going to do more than explore — we will be also making and marking up a big beautiful physical map on the terrain of CSW’s summer pavillon Zielony Jazdów.

It’s summer! The days are warmer & longer — more time to enjoy the outdoors. But rather than take the usual beaten trails, let’s make the sidewalk our forest path and really take a look around our own city! Unquestionably, we are surrounded by life and summer is the time when it becomes particularly juicy and sweet. The flowering is behind us but still ahead is the fruit. Aaaah! Yes we can look, but we can also taste, break, crush, and pour the juice — whatever you like. Join us.

This Sunday, June 23, we will start our project by exploring where the Finnish homes stand (but may not for much longer). We invite all those who want to walk, explore the area and help create a map of fruit and nut trees, shrubs and edible plants growing around the Ujazdowski Castle!

Start: Sunday, June 23. 11.00 on the terrain of Zielony Jazdów / CSW.
Contact: Jodie (796 532 208) and Paulina (790 025 145)

More about Jadalnia Warszawa
More about Zielony Jazdów

Lato, lato. Nadeszły ciepłe dni i czas, gdy chce się być na zewnątrz. Zamiast chodzić utartymi ścieżkami, zejdźcie z chodników i rozejrzyjcie się wokół. Bujna roślinność osiąga fazę szczytowania. Bezsprzecznie otacza nas życie. Lato to pora, gdy staje się ono szczególnie soczyste i słodkie. Za nami pora kwitnienia, wciąż przed nami pora owocowania. aaaa! Jest na co patrzeć, jest co smakować, zrywać, rozgniatać, oblewać się sokiem – jak kto lubi. Przyjemnie jest spacerować alejkami targowisk i przyglądać się darom lata. Ale przyjemnie jest również samemu znajdować i zrywać owoce prosto z krzaków i drzew. W najbliższą niedzielę planujemy spacer w okolicach CSW, po terenie, gdzie znajdują się fińskie domki. Zapraszamy wszystkich tych, którzy chcą pospacerować, poszwędać się po okolicy i wspomóc tworzenie mapy drzew, krzewów owocowych i roślin jadalnych rosnących w okolicy Zamku Ujazdowskiego.

Start: najbliższa niedziela (23.06), godz. 11.00, ruszamy z terenu Zielonego Jazdowa
Kontakt: Jodie:796 532 208; tel. , Paulina: tel. 790 025 145

Po spacerze odpoczynek na zielonej trawce na terenie Zielonego Jazdowa. Będzie można napić się wody z owocowym sokiem lub skosztować dżemów z owoców z ubiegłego lata.

Kolektyw Jadalnia Warszawa we współpracy z Zielonym Jazdowem przygotowuje mapę okolic CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, na której zostaną zaznaczone drzewa i krzewy owocowe oraz rośliny jadalne. Mapę będzie można współtworzyć biorąc udział w serii spacerów/wypraw miejskich, a oglądać w wersji fizycznej (i nanosić na nią własne informacje) w Zielonym Jazdowie (projekt mapy powstał we współpracy z Maćkiem Czeredysem). Informacje w wersji elektronicznej tu: facebook.com/jadalniawarszawa oraz na stronie www.pixxe.org

Jadalnia Warszawa to kolektywne przedsięwzięcie zainicjowane przez Jodie Baltazar i Paulinę Jeziorek. Podczas serii miejskich spacerów/wypraw po Warszawie od maja do października 2013 powstawać będzie warszawska mapa roślin jadalnych. Prowadzone obserwacje poparte analizą dostępnych badań mają również na celu ocenę stanu zdrowia obszarów naszego miasta.

 

 

Mar 052012
 

Yesterday was the first “Allotment Sunday.” It was a pruning and cutting day.

We cut down a cherry tree, which was quite dead. Poor thing. The wood is so hard and red. I’ll try to use the bark to dye some wool.

It is difficult to cut trees, even dead ones, let alone unwanted living ones. We cut down three young box elder trees , which were blocking the light to the garden. The sap ran out of them, clear tree blood… (at first these trees were mistakenly ID’d as ash — now we know — all that blood syrup, gone to waste). They are now part of the crazy make-shift fence.

Cutting the Ash

Cutting the Box Elder

Here is a dead cherry tree stump that will stay the way it is for awhile for one reason: Kasper loves chopping at.

Chopping the Cherry

Chopping the Cherry

Sep 182011
 

Here is a woman. Notice she is an old woman. No she is not picking up garbage. No she is not picking up her dog’s poo. Nobody picks up poo in Poland. But they do pick up hazelnuts!

Foraging for Hazelnuts

Foraging for ________

 

I saw another cool thing. There is a walnut tree near my house on the street. One day I saw some city workers, who are always wearing these awesome blue overalls, gathered around the walnut tree. There were two of them high up in the tree shaking the hell out of it and two more on the ground snatching up all the walnuts. They cleaned the tree out!

May 022011
 
Hazel Tree Leaf

Hazel Tree Leaf

I’m very excited because today I found out that the trees which I thought were Alders were in fact Hazels. Edible. Delicious.

Yesterday a friend of mine said she saw a Hazel tree in the back of the garden and when I went to check it out, I realized that I had been thinking all this time it was an Alder. I was so busy with planting that I haven’t had a chance to check out the leaves and flowers that are springing up everywhere! Fortunately I didn’t cut down any of the so-thought Alder. If this little fellow was a Hazel, then that would mean I have dozens of Hazel trees on the działka. We love hazelnuts!

I asked my gracious and gentlemanly neighbor, “Is this tree a Hazel (Orzech Laskowy)?” He said yes. There are two massive bunches growing between the slow compost pile which hang well into his garden. He said nuts abound. In fact I had seen nuts on the ground nearby, but they were very degraded–I thought they were acorns. Huh. Now that I know the truth, it seems obvious.

Hazel Tree Bark (young tree)

Hazel Tree Bark (young tree)

The Hazel is pretty much an overgrown bush. The bark is fairly smooth with distinctive lenticels, or little ridges, spattered about. Most of the trees here are pretty old, I think, and still the trunks are not very thick, the widest being perhaps 15cm / 6in. Of course there are quite a few young trees as well, and the bark on a young tree doesn’t look that different from an older tree. Dozens upon dozens of shoots spring up from the branches in the spring–I used them to make a fence. They are very flexible and long.

Hazel Tree Male Catkin (old)

Hazel Tree Male Catkin (old)

Hazel Tree old nut

Hazel Tree old nut

Sadly, this year these trees don’t have any catkins or flowers. The only thing I see are male catkins from last year and a cool half-birth hazelnut that never fell off the tree. My neighbor said that the tree gives nuts off and on, every other year. If I understood him properly, always an uncertainty, he said that they gave nuts this past year and this year they probably won’t. Sadness.

It’s interesting how, once you identify a plant, it seems to be everywhere. I just saw a huge grove of Hazels this morning in Stare Włochy. They popped out at me. I didn’t see any buds on these either, so maybe it’s still too early to tell if the ones on the działka will give fruit this year.

Mature Hazel Tree

Mature Hazel Tree