Saturday’s festival

This passed Saturday, the festival close to the village of Berbezit combined great summery weather with interesting (and funny) inventions, a plant exchange, botanical walks and workshops, as well as a musical evening with a slightly sweaty atmosphere. With Neorigins we were present at the market, and also helped to prepare for the wild kitchen workshop.

Since the idea of the festival is to produce all electricity needed “by hand”, or should I say “by legs”, one of the funny inventions that seemed to make a great success with the visitors, was the bicycle-ice-cream-maker. Pedaling on a warm day = hot, making icecream in the same time = cool. All adding up in an ideal combination!


The ice-cream-maker in bicycle shape underneath the umbrella.

The late afternoon continued on the same theme, with a great wild food based meal where the visitors could choose from nettle-soup, various “wildly” garnished pizzas made in the wood stove, and chapatis with lots of fresh wild vegetable spreads.

The evening then offered a great act of improvisation theater and several bands playing music. And to keep the lights and the sound running everybody had to – yes you guessed right, contribute to produce the energy needed by pedaling on one of the numerous bikes around, or running in the giant hamster wheel that was also installed at the site. I guess the evening was getting better and better the later it became, given the occasional flickering in the lights and some cuts in the music in the beginning, but finishing with several full power concerts in the end!

It was an overall nice event and it is inspiring to see people getting together with such energy to share their great ideas. Let’s spread the vibe!

Neorigins’ first market

P1030952It was with great pleasure and a lot of enthusiasm that Neorigins met the people for the first time, at the event of “Ça Pousse à Grandrif” (Plant Exchange in our home village), this passed Sunday. We couldn’t have imagined a better start, with loads of interesting exchange, great curiosity regarding our future plans, and a warm welcome from the visitors.

It’s really great to see that people are turning their attention back to nature. Many discovered Chaga for the first time, as we offered to taste the decoction throughout the day. Besides Chaga, we also brought the other dried plants available at the moment.

  • Blackberry (Ronce)
  • Blackcurrant (Cassissier)
  • Dandelion (Pissenlit)
  • Scots Pine (Pin Sylvestre)
  • Stinging Nettle (Ortie)
  • Raspberry (Framboisier)

At three o’clock pm everybody was invited to take part of a free wild plant walk, offered by Denise Médoux-Régnier. What a great woman!! She is a self-thaught wild picker who has gathered knowledge about edible plants since about 35 years now, and she couldn’t be more happy to share and inspire. From not having much money she has grown a great interest in wild cooking, and at this occasion we were about 25 people taking off from the village in her company. I ( Therese) was happy to be able to add a few pieces of information concerning the medicinal properties of some of the plants we found, and I think the whole walk was very appreciated by the participants as well as by Denise and me.

Together with Denise, we had also prepared pots with wild plants for people to introduce into their garden. This way it’s simple to study the plants in question at all stages of their life cycle, and it becomes easier to identify them in nature. At the end of the wild walk quite a few persons found this a nice idea and brought some wild plants home with them.

Besides sharing around plants and greens it was also an occasion to just enjoy the nice vibe of the village of Grandrif (that we are lucky enough to live near by). Sun, smiles, live music, home made pizzas and crêpes were all the ingredients besides the greens that made this a super good day. I have even already almost forgot about the wind that wanted to sweep away with what we had on the tables! With such a good atmosphere what is a little wind?

Already looking forward to next time!