This Friday, Tiny Terra Ferma, a landscape design studio and garden supply shop in Manayunk, will host an evening of Latin American food, live music, medicinal teas and hot toddies made with herbs from Tertulias Herb Garden, as well as an educational talk on Latino gardening traditions to enact health and healing in North Philadelphia.
“Tea & Toddies por La Tarde: A Night of Latin American Food, Music and Education to benefit Huertos de Salud” will take place Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tiny Terra Ferma Garden Shop at 4324 Main St. in Manayunk. Event tickets are available by making a suggested $7 donation on the event page, or a suggested $10 donation at the door.
The fundraising event will contribute to Huertos de Salud’s 90-day GiveToBenefit campaign to raise funds for needed materials, seeds and perennial plants.
West Philly songwriting duo Sterling and Sarah will perform original music from a wide and diverse background of musical traditions, including hip hop, folk, and jazz. Bomplé will perform energetic and elegant Puerto Rican bomba singing, music and dance. Guests can purchase medicinal herbs grown in Tertulias Herb Garden.
The event will bring people together around Latin American food traditions, art, music, tea and celebration, and will enable the community to learn about venerable healing plants and to understand their value. Iris Brown, founder of Tertulias Herb Garden, has been gardening for over 30 years. Through Huertos de Salud, Brown works to preserve herbalist practices connected to Latin American culture, and to create safe and healing spaces in neighborhood gardens, like Tertulias Herb Garden.
“This herbal knowledge was our great-grandmothers,” says Brown. “If you ask the current generation, they don’t know it. That knowledge stopped with my generation. That’s the sadness, that it’s being forgotten. The gardeners in Huertos de Salud want to capture the knowledge in these gardens before we lose it altogether.”