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Currents: April 2018


Currents is published monthly by Windhorse Integrative Mental Health of Northampton, 211 North St., Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Executive Director is Victoria Yoshen. For questions, concerns and suggestions about Currents, contact us at

Upcoming Events

mark your calendarMark your calendars for upcoming community gatherings!

Community Events:
The Simple Science of Sprouting
Wednesday, April 25th @ 1pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.
Check out The Simple Science of Sprouting article below for details. And contact us at for more information or to RSVP.

Community Education:
Wednesday, May 9th, 9-11am with an optional guided meditation 9-9:30am.

Community Lunches:
Special Community Lunch to Say Thanks and Goodbye to Our Interns
Tuesday, April 24th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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Get Started with Gardening

If you were interested in starting a garden, these are recommended books for beginners that are on hand at your local library.

Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch  (classic from 1988, but everyone recommends)

Vegetable Gardeners Bible by Edward C. Smith (he also has one on container gardening)

Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control by Barbara Ellis and Fern Bradley  (detailed plant requirements as well as insect and disease identification)

Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L K Denckla

There is also a gardener named Ruth Stout who has a very different approach than most.  She has books, but also this video.

Written by Victoria Yoshen, Executive Director of Windhorse IMH Northampton.

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Recipe: Tastes of Spring

If you’ve never seen them before, fiddleheads may look very strange and the idea of eating them may seem even stranger, but these little green spirals are considered a springtime delicacy. Fiddleheads are unfurled fern fronds, and they appear in their small, spiral state for only a short time so get them while they last. Their taste is similar to that of asparagus and artichokes and definitely worth a try. Just be sure to trim them, wash them thoroughly, and make sure they’re fully cooked before enjoying them (as they have been known to cause stomach upset otherwise). Just like asparagus and artichokes, these tasty morsels work well in egg dishes like quiche, as well as in pasta dishes and oven roasted, but don’t let that stop you from trying them in some other way. To start you off, here are a few of recipes that will introduce you to fiddlehead preparation and cooking methods. Try them out and let us know what you think.

Introduction to fiddleheads

Roasted Fiddlehead Ferns

Fiddlehead Portobello Linguine

Fiddlehead Quiche

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Noho Pride Parade Happens Next Month

Do you know about Northampton’s annual Pride Parade? It’s a huge event, attracting thousands of participants, spectators, volunteers, and families. The Parade had its start in 1981 and continues to be “an event celebrating the spirit and strength in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) communities in Western Massachusetts” (from the Noho Pride website). The event has blossomed into something far bigger than just the parade; it is now a jam-packed day full of fun, family-friendly events and entertainment. This year Pride Day happens on Saturday, May 5th. There is sure to be a Windhorse contingency present. If you’d like to join us, please feel free to contact us at What to know more about Pride Day? Click here to go to the Noho Pride website or here to see the schedule of events.

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The Simple Science of Sprouting

Sprouts and sprouted-grain bread are a common site in grocery stores these days, but why? Why are sprouts the new “big thing” in the health food movement? While we don’t know for sure, it likely has to do with the fact that sprouting is a fairly simple process, and by sprouting foods you can make them more nutritious. Any kind of “seed” can be sprouted, whether it be grains, nuts, legumes, or the items we traditionally refer to as seeds, such as sunflower seeds or chia seeds. According to the Harvard Medical School, sprouting seeds before consuming them can make them both easier to digest and make their nutrients more available for absorption by our bodies (see this article for more information). And it’s such an easy process! Do you want to know more? Windhorse is having an event where people can learn how to sprout and try it out for themselves. The Simple Science of Sprouting event is happening on Wednesday, April 25th at 1pm in the Windhorse office. If you’re interested in coming please contact us at for more information and to RSVP. And check out this flyer for more details.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about sprouting, try one of the following links, or head over to your local library or bookstore and ask for books on sprouting. Given how hot this topic is these days, we’re confident the librarian or bookstore employee will be able to point you in the right direction.


How to Soak & Sprout Nuts, Seeds, Grains, & Beans

How to Sprout Seeds in a Jar

Why Sprout?

And how about a recipe to try with your sprouts? Here’s one we came across: Tofu and Bean Sprout Braise


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New to the Windhorse Library

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness… Furiously Happy is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are-the beautiful and the flawed-and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because, as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.  – from the inside flap

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  • Tristan left their position as Senior Housemate.
  • Bashka was hired as the new Senior Housemate.

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