Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Workshop Sustaining in Harmony with our Local Land With
Katrina Blair and Adam Klaus
June 5-7, 2015
Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
Foraging is searching for wild food resources. Foraging for wild food is a great way to experience the natural world and connect with something ancient and primal within ourselves. And in many ways, it can be a healthier alternative to the assembly line foods we find at the grocery store. Not only is wild food much richer in essential vitamins and minerals, but foraging also provides much needed exercise. It's a combination of hiking and gardening and connects us with the natural world around us.
The weekend long workshop will intertwine the vast and extensive knowledge of Katrina Blair’s life work which has been dedicated to seeking and spreading information about the 13 most commonly found “weeds” that exist on the planet. This in depth, interactive workshop will teach how to identify both wild edible and medicinal plants and how to prepare them for consumption and medicine. This holistic approach is about healing ourselves both in body and spirit in an age where technology, commodity agriculture and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. Gaining a greater sense of connection and interconnection, a more balanced life, and in tune with nature and sensitive to our environment and its resources.
The workshop will incorporate the following topics through interactive demonstrations and talks…
Core Concepts: Wild Green Juice – A Life Tradition
Sustaining throughout the year
Re-Wilding Ourselves in mind, body and spirit
Harvesting in Gratitude and Awareness
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
Integration Themes throughout the Workshop: Wild edible foods as part of the daily grocery list
Saving $100/month and gaining 1000 fold in optimal health
Connecting with our Sense of Place
Medicinal Applications of Wild Plants
Storing, Drying, Preserving and Culturing Wild Foods
Trusting Intuition and developing this skill
Additional Focus Topics: - Building Solar Dehydrators
- Sprouting and Growing Microgreens
A little about Katrina Blair
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal plant classes regionally and internationally. In 2009, She published a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”, a book that focuses on the uses and recipes of the local wild abundance and has an upcoming book coming out this fall called "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Plants for Human Survival" published by Chelsea Green Publishing.
A Little about Adam Klaus
Adam Klaus founded a Biodynmaic Farm, Bella Farms, in Western Colorado back in 2005. He is the author of "Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way" -a 200 page how-to book on establishing and operating a grass-fed raw milk dairy. He is also the owner of Athena's Hand Harvested Herbs, a medicinal herb company dedicated to enhancing body care through traditional botanical medicine.
Cost $225 Includes:
-Workshop with “take home” knowledge of foraging and food preparation with recipes
-Take home tinctures/salves
-5 amazing meals
Costs do not include lodging which will be offered to participants at a 20% discount. Camping is also available.
So sorry to hear you're having so much pain and suffering. There are many things I could suggest that have worked for me, but I kind of feel every body is different and what helps one person can hurt another and vice versa. If you can afford it, or if it's covered by insurance, and you're interested in it, I would recommend finding a really good natural doctor to help guide you through everything. Those are hard to come by since many have different techniques and not all will work for you but if you can find someone who knows the body and all of the symptoms very well then you can really heal a lot. Even seeing a chiropractor can do quite a lot of healing.
As for plants/food Ive personally gained a lot of healing from drinking dandelion root tea (with honey and a tiny bit of organic 3% milk to make it taste yummy), kombucha, (homemade, not the stuff in the stores), eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies, healthy grains (I don't eat gluten really, and if I do it's one piece of whole grain toast per week, which is very high quality) soft boiled eggs, greek yogurt (probiotics!) and if I have meat I don't have very much and I never combine it with grains. I go very easy on legumes as well. No processed foods etc.
I like the plain text as well for sure - and I generally read the entire email since they are usually short and sweet. I am a sucker for nice pictures though, so I could see that as being a way to easily liven things up (if so desired) without having to get all fancy like.
I share a similar view to what's been posted already. The first year at my place I put in a garden along the edge of where my leaching field is, not really knowing much about it. I didn't end up putting anything there except compost, which volunteered pumpkins, squash and some tomatoes. I used the pumpkins for halloween, and left the tomatoes and squash. I ate wild raspberries from the same area and didn't get sick but it's one of those things I go back and forth on and can't seem to decide. I have decided to just use the space for flowers - and right over top of the leaching field is just grass - and you can really tell where the waste goes, since the grass is super lush and green in one area and just kind of regular in the rest.
In terms of the roots scenario - I definitely am more apt to not plant anything with roots near it because I don't want to pay a zillion dollars to replace it - but that being said, my septic and leaching system has an ENORMOUS white pine right smack in the middle. How it has not ruined the thing already - I have no idea. So I am sure there are exceptions - and I have wanted to believe there must be some permaculture solution to it all, but I haven't yet found anything I'm comfortable with aside from planting wildflowers for the bees and butterflies etc. I know Geoff Lawton made the point that if you put a reed bed in between where you want to grow and where the leaching bed is, it acts as a natural filter. Not always practical in every space though.
Kevin MacBearach wrote:After I watched the video, "deep chicken bedding with christmas trees in the chicken coop" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwjPj1p1Azo , I started pruning pine branches around my property and filled the coop with the small twigs. Instantly the strong ammonia smell was gone and in it's place was a nice pine-scent which lasted over a week. Even after the pine-scent dissipated, the ammonia smell never returned.
At this point I can't say enough about how well this has worked out. I feel that this is the first thing I've done at my farm that's felt like I'm doing permaculture since I don't leave the property to buy straw anymore, and just use what's on my own property, which works ten times better.
The lady in the video used old Christmas trees, and gave the impression that either because the chickens spend more time in the coop in winter, or she hasn't many conifers growing where she lives so it could be a seasonal thing, for her anyway. I on the other hand am cutting fresh ones and using them, and I'm wondering what else it would work, pig bedding, or cow? I have yet to use the finished product of broken-down pine needles and chicken manure as a compost on the soil so I have no idea how it will be for growing stuff. It's strange that, besides this one video, I've seen nothing else on mulching pine needles with manure to make good compost. If it's so great, then why isn't there more chatter about it?
Thanks so much for posting this. It's exactly the confirmation I was looking for! I am surrounded by conifers so it would greatly reduce my bill if I could use them instead of sourcing out wood shavings. One question though - can this be done in a coop that has a wood floor? I am setting up my system, which involved a mobile coop in a paddock shifting scenario, but the coop will be where they hang out at night. The floor unfortunately is made of wood, (I've heard earth is the best) so I am just wondering if you think this system will still work in an elevated wooden floored coop?
Max Tanner wrote:I agree with the good advice of not buying the birds from an auction.
You can call him before and meet at the sales barn. There are outside booths as well. Or go to his farm directly.
At the sales barn;
There are inside animal sales as well as outside implement sales of all kinds. Go early to register and look at what is there. You can pick up lots of equipment of all sorts for pennies on the dollar.
Always go with an experienced person and listen to the auctioneer and watch the flow of events and staff.
Awesome. Good advice Max!! Thanks very much. Does he mind random people calling him asking for chickens LOL?
I think I am getting too big of a wishlist from watching all the stuff in home grown food summit - another one to add is the "botany in a day" by thomas elpel and also he made a really cool kids book to help them learn how to identify plants. These may have already been done before but have to put it on just in case. Gosh, there are too many awesome books out there!!!
Did you go the Farm Sales Barn in the Lindsay area? They are always on Saturdays, starting at 730-8 am.
Ask for - Bird seller - near Port Hope - Colbourne area.
He has all kinds of exotic birds, rabbits, goats etc. Seemed to be a very nice fellow. He said he has been going to this auction every Saturday for over 10 yrs.
The phone number is for his biz addy, not the Auction !
Cheers and good luck
No I haven't heard of that place! I'll have to look into it for sure. I had heard by another chicken seller that I shouldnt buy birds at an auction since they are usually "bad" birds people don't want but I'll take a look anyway. Could have just been his perspective.
Thanks soooo much Max and Jack! I'm really inspired to get this coop mobile now!
Just finished up the coop this weekend actually, getting the roof on and all the trimmings. I will definitely look into those tires - I think given the weight I'd want to go with all four tires to be safe. It's really heavy/sturdy.
Thanks again everyone - I'll post an update once I've managed to get her on wheels!!!
I've been trying to find a local breeder who has nice laying chickens/chicks that live happy lives, preferably in a permaculture style. Anybody out there have any? I'm 1.5 hours east of toronto, peterborough area. I don't need many, just 5-6 hens to start. Willing to drive a little ways for nice birdies.
I actually found the recommendation for this book in a thread somewhere around here on permies, and I bought the book and am completely loving it. It may have been done before but just in case it hasn't I'll throw it out there:
Some wishlist books for me are the books by Rick Austin on building a survival greenhouse and another one about building a survival garden and Brad Lancaster's water books that I saw through watching the home grown food summit vids.
hmm that's all I can think of for now but I'll post more if I come up with anything else.
Okay, so I am in the process of setting up chickens for myself, and I am sure there are many people like me, or there are chicken veterens who are just looking for new ideas but don't want to sift through SEVEN awesome pages of chicken so I thought I would do a round up from this thread.
I hope all the original posters are okay with it - if not I can remove your pics of course. I credited everyone so no info is lost. If any are missing, I may have not seen them or it's because the "quote" function didn't carry over the picture.
Please feel free to add your coop/runs/paddocks/tractor pictures here - maybe this could just be a photo's thread - and the other thread could be a mix of photo's AND awesome info and discussion. Just an idea!
Also - there's another thread here that has pictures of winter coops!
Anyway, here we go! Enjoy!
Leah Sattler wrote:right now. I have four hens in a 5x10 dog run. it is a pain to move but I had to have something with a top because the laying hens were flying out and the wild chickens were flying in. I don't want to clip their wings so they at least have a chance at escape from a predator (like my dogs )as they do escape sometimes. I prefer the healthier eggs I felt I got when they free ranged and the greatly reduced feed bill! but I feel I have made the best of it for now.
here are some pics. as a stay at home mom on a very limited budget I only get to do this "homesteading thing" if I can do it on a shoestring.....like many other people. the dog run was aquired in trade for a stock tank. the gates that serve as a top were picked up off freecycle. the house is an old wheel barrow on 2x12's from an old waterbed with old sawed off broomsticks for perches inside. the laying box is a flower pot that I can't remember how I got or how long I've had it!
Bill Kearns wrote:Hi Paul,
Attached is a pic of my old immobile, fully enclosed chicken run. As you can see, there is no vegetation inside the run, but plenty outside! The coop was made with a handsaw and hammer. The run is fully enclosed, complete with makeshift rain fly over the chicken wire roof and the "walls" are buried about 18", with the chicken wire rolled around metal "T" posts then placed in the trench. Each section of chicken wire was "stitched" together at the seam with monel wire. It was a labor of love!
Only had one casualty in the 2+ years I was there, most likely involving a weasel. Did have a hawk come down and perch in the tree limbs immediately behind the run one day. There were lots of raccoons and coyotes in the area, so the fortress seemed to work ok. This was during a period I lived near Carnation (I'm in e. WA now and won't have any chooks till next spring).
Don't know if it fits the bill, but feel free to use it (or not) as you deem fit.
Great work on your article!!!
Irene Kightley wrote:Totally agree Mr Hobbit !
One of the things I like to see is chickens running free in the house and garden and the old folk here do just that - they fence the garden and let the chicks run free and they almost feed themselves and they seem to thrive doing what chickens do. I hate to see them confined in small runs although it's much better that caging them. The chooks also keep down the mice, rat and snake population and throwing them leftovers from the kitchen door is so convenient and fun - especially spaghetti !
I know people think my ways are a bit strange but I use our chickens to help me in the garden and only fence off or cover the veg they eat such as lettuce, the cabbage family etc.
I protect the areas where they'll make dust baths if I don't want them to with sticks and I cover newly planted seedlings with grids or something similar to let the light in.
I have two or three cages - one made from an old tent frame and another from a hoop and the third which is just made from wooden posts with chicken wire round it. In there I grow all my self-seeders and very special plants which I daren't let the chickens get.
You need to have a big garden to be able to get away with this but I've 60 or so chickens and the garden flourishes despite that crowd.
I've made a set in flickr to show people how the chickens and the garden can be managed together. Think about it as an option.
paul wheaton wrote:Chris Wolf of Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, Washington tells us about a chicken paddock that is past due to be moved. So we move it a little just to see if the chickens care. And they do! they jump on the dandelions.
aso26 Hatfield wrote:Here is my new paddock shift, feather net, open bottom, manure containment, egg mobile. It took two weekends of constant bickering, but the husband and I got 'er done-almost.
My requirements after much reading and head scratching:
portable (in this case movable with my tractor)
not ugly- my neighbors are not farmers and I wanted this thing to be nice looking and fit in with my garden.
inexpensive -well this turned out to be not a true as I hoped. But lots is scrounged and nothing terribly costly-the hardware cloth was by far the most money.
Totally predator proof - This is what took so long. I know of people in my area that have lost a whole flock to some weasel species that got in through the chicken wire holes. This meant no opening bigger than .5 inches ugh!
Chickens COULD be confined 24hrs - Although the plan, in general, was to let them out in the day to range, I wanted a coop that COULD contain them happily on grass without opening the door for at least a day.
Manure containment System- I didn't want to give all the manure to the grass-I wanted at least some for myself. So I added a "shelf" under the roosting area to collect all that nice poop and give them bedding to play in.
So here she is:
Jack Shawburn wrote:Found an interesting take on Chickens rotated in an enclosed garden.
By Aussie Chris Francis.
Mike Guillory wrote:Heres a few pics of my chicken tractor and chicken house. I have bantams in the chicken tractor and they seem to love it in there. I am getting more eggs from them since I moved them to the tractor. It is a 4X10 ft tractor. The other pic is of my chicken house. It is designed to allow for rotation of the chickens between different areas.
Yone' Ward wrote:I'm responsible for coming up with this Chicken Tractor.
It was 100% successful at keeping predators out even though my sisters chickens were nearly wiped out. The trouble is, I had trouble moving it without breaking something because it was so heavy. We are moving to a rotating chicken run option with irrigation this spring. I am raising Jersey Black giants and plan to selectively breed the ones that do best in the cold weather.
Cj Verde wrote:So my mobile coop is finally done! It's roughly based on the one from Geoff Lawton's Surviving the Crisis video but a bit smaller. That one was 6x4 and fit 35 chickens. This one is 6x3 so it would fit through the gates in my paddocks.
I did it with grid beam but mostly just drilled the ends. Lock nuts were a must but not until the design was ironed out!
Here's the frame (the cart is temporary support):
and the cherry nesting box (left over from flooring):
Now I just have to wait for the grass to grow!
I'm going to make a 2nd one on old skis instead of wheels. Vermont - 8 month of winter & 4 months of poor sledding.
Clifford Reinke wrote:I've been using a chicken paddock system with a fixed coop for about two years now. As you can see I do not have a problem with the grass and other vegetation keeping up.
Before I went to this, I used two chicken tractors and moved them every day. I did this for a year until one night, weasels killed both flocks. Then I built this coop, in another location, and had a large/long permanent fence around it. Of course the chickens killed every piece of vegetation in it.
Then I read Paul's treaty on the paddock system. So, I drug the coop to a better suited location, the orchard area (slowly turning into a food forest). I bought a 164' electric poultry net and a solar powered charger. I also put the coop up on stilts, and installed a trap door in the bottom of the coop. This gives the chickens a covered area for dusting and a place to hide from when the eagles fly overhead. The coop will keep everything but a bear out. It was based on a 1900 open air design, so the entire front is just hardware cloth for windows. The windows on the other side are old salvaged glass plate windows mostly for looks.
I move the electric fence around once a week or so and it takes all of 20 minutes. In the picture above you can see the chickens on my kitchen compost pile. It is on a slope and the chickens love it when the paddock moves over the compost pile. They do all the turning for me, and I just harvest it when it is finished at the bottom of the hill.
Here are a few more pics of the system:
Cj Verde wrote:
Clifford Reinke wrote:I've been using a chicken paddock system with a fixed coop for about two years now. As you can see I do not have a problem with the grass and other vegetation keeping up.
I wonder if that system will work in an area with a shorter growing season?
I have 2 coops, 1 is strong enough to keep out a bear. A bear & cub tried to get in but failed. Don't keep your chicken food in a coop that can't keep out a bear!
Half of my chickens opted to brave the Vermont winter without a coop:
I built the mobile coop to contain those free range chickens and to follow the cows & sheep in a paddock shift setup.
Cj Verde wrote:It's working fairly well ATM:
I move it the length of the coop every morning so another area gets fertilized.
I'm getting eggs in the nesting box though some wind up in the coop.
This is a very new paddock (formerly woods) but even the established paddocks don't have much grass yet. My husband suggested I rake up the leaves and wood chips but I told him "no, that's the chickens' job." He asked if I was trying to be as lazy as Paul Wheaton and I told him, yes! He has finally listened to a few podcasts so we're a bit more on the same page.
Cj Verde wrote:Here's my new coop on skis.
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I put the turkey in 1 day before her eggs hatched! She was not happy to be cooped up at all but 3 eggs hatched plus 1 a week later I had incubated. This was necessary because a raven had killed half the chicks last year and the other half wandered away through the fencing and disappeared. Plus, I'm off grid so it's much more efficient to let the turkey be the heat lamp.
Here you can see 2 of the poults.
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The coop slides along pretty good on the skis. I have to be careful not to run over the poults but they let me know if I've screwed up! The biggest drag is that as I push the coop forward it's hard to avoid stepping in poop!
I have to also caution the use of plants from these big box stores. I am sure some of the plants will obviously turn out fine or are of relatively good quality (for example I found some great quality potatoes at walmart last year) but I have had some really horrific things happen as well. For example, my husband brought home some fall mums as a gift for me 1.5 years ago. Well, they looked great, big bushy orange mums. But when I came home after having them out for a few days, to my shock and horror I saw several species of insects covered in the mum's pollen, not far from the plant, DEAD! It seemed really obvious to me that the poor unsuspected bugs came for a nice visit in the flowers and were killed instantly. I'm not even sure if it was pollen (do mums have orange pollen?) or just straight up poison put on these mums. But the range of bugs was pretty interesting - bees, hornets, ladybugs and grasshoppers!
Also, I spoke with a local greenhouse whom does their best to grow high quality plants without all the toxicity, and he explained that the people who get the jobs to grow for big stores like home depot etc, (he knew the growers in our area) apparently since they have to produce such a high volume of plants, they use the lowest quality seed/bulb etc possible, to keep up with the demand and the extremely low cost that places like home depot want to charge.
I'd like to think this doesn't happen everywhere, but sadly, I am sure it happens more often than we'd like. Especially since it has come out recently that home depot sells plants that are high in neocontinoids which effectively kill bees - so all those nice "bee attracting" plants and flowers are actually hidden bee killers.
Here is a picture of the unfortunate bugs. You can't see it clearly in this photo (sorry, iphone) but there was tiny little orange pollen type stuff on their legs. Not pictured is the grasshopper that was a little ways away covered with the same orange stuff.
I inherited a weeping pea on my property.. It's often used in landscaping. I believe it's edible (read that somewhere but not totally sure) and since it's part of the legume family I'm going to go ahead and assume it's a nitrogen fixer...
Anyway, at the end of the season it went crazy with peas and so now I have a ton of these babies:
Just wondering - does anyone know if growing these from seed is possible/a good thing?
Has anyone done it before? If so, how did you germinate it?
These books inspire a great sense of nostalgia for me. My father had all of these books. He was a homesteader way back in the day, living on 25 acres of land in a small cottage he built which he later converted into our small house. He was a carpenter and did a lot of cool building, including putting a cordwood addition on the house which was to be the room I grew up in. He was an amazing man whom I dearly miss! When I was a child I did not appreciate the content of these books and then one day as I flipped through them as an adult, I realized how special they really were. What an incredible wealth of knowledge from so long ago. It has this old feel to it that is really unique. Unfortunately after he passed, with all the commotion, the books seem to have disappeared. I really hope to own them again someday. Definitely great books to have on the shelf to dust off now and again and learn something new or remember something old. One million acorns from me!
Ah! This is such a great idea! and you are so cute there in the garden Cassie!
I wish I had thought of this when my daughter was younger but she's only 6 so while I don't need a baby food garden per se, I do still need a kid food garden! Last year when we moved I set my daughter up with her own garden since I was inspired reading about how Sepp Holzer was given a garden when he was a child and well, look at him now! She was hit or miss interested in it, but eventually once the food grew she was pumped, and got really into checking all the plants for things to either eat or bring into the kitchen to cook.
Actually, just wondering - is there going to be anywhere on the page to make this easily sharable on social media? Not sure if that's something that can be put in or not but could be helpful in getting this kick starter around. People like shiny buttons usually
**edit** - just saw the "share this project" button. LOL. I guess it wasn't shiny enough for me
I think it looks really good Paul. The video is very well done. It definitely feels worth it to have these dvd's out there so that there can be a really strong source for information. I have been wanting to put in a RMH for a few years now, but couldn't convince my husband. After hearing all your talk about RMH's though, he has changed his mind miraculously! So thank you Paul and hopefully this kickstarter is a major success. I do agree that it would be awesome to start seeing stuff about how pretty we can make RMH's but I feel like that's phase 2 - it would be good to just get all the basic (and advanced) info out there so people can feel confident in building, and then the fun part can be learning to make it beautiful.
So I feel like there's definitely two perspectives:
1) permies folk happiness
2) traffic to permies happiness
In terms of point 1 - I think your videos fulfill all requirements and are just plain awesome. They help people find cool threads (and even make lotsa comments which inherently makes for a richer website) and it's refreshing and gets people pumped about permaculture when things get stale etc. There is the potential that people could eventually get bored with it, but if you're always changing things up and what not, it probably wouldn't. Plus - people generally take in information a little better from a video than reading because that is the way of the internet.
Point 2 - Since this is more of the mission, it of course makes it more complicated. In talking to my smarty pants husband who's a marketer, (who actually found permies from seeing a PW video shared on FB) we discussed the things that usually make youtube videos work. Kind of seems to boil down to these things (which I think some have already been mentioned and most you probably know)
Title, tags and Description are obvious ones, and having key words in there that people would want to find is an obvious one. Doesn't mean you're limited to stuff that is already out there, but titles, tags, descriptions etc seemingly should be clear and specific etc. the other thing (which is another you already know) is making it easy to get people to subscribe to the daily-ish mail and of course having the links back to permies (which you do already)
If all of those things are in place then it is possible it will just take time, especially since the SEO world has changed a bunch. So I feel like you could reduce the amount of videos you put out if you want to save yourself some time, and possibly change around what you put in them, like for example your tipi video got a staggering 11,000 views which by comparison some of your updates have only gotten 1000-3000. So, the specialized videos are definitely important as Jocelyn was mentioning. You could do like a big monthly roundup of permies awesomeness for the permies happiness and then try to brainstorm (maybe even in a different thread?) of other videos that could be more specific that would get more views and shares etc to address the traffic to permies happiness.
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh garlic
1 tsp honey
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup water
Combine and boil for 30 seconds. Drink as quickly as you can (without burning yourself) and then go to sleep.
Works really well, especially at the beginning of a cold. Taste is pretty strong but you get used to it, and you can always add more honey. I make sure I use my food processor so the chunks of ginger and garlic are small
I've found that in taking herbs in general it sometimes takes a long period of time with the herb to achieve the result and then if I have to switch something up, sometimes I can do it with no problem cold turkey and other times I have to kind of ween myself out of them. Just depends. I've also noticed that if an herb has properties that don't agree with me they usually manifest relatively quickly. But that isn't to say it's the same for everyone. I'm still learning as well, so I can't really comment on what you're doing but it sure sounds like you've done your research! I wish you much healing!
Right now I'm drinking nettles, lemon balm and oatstraw.
I love hibiscus, catnip and chamomile for relaxation.
That's cool Matu. I had to look up oatstraw, looks like a really interesting plant! What's the flavour of it like?
So far, and I only started last year, I've made red clover and catnip. I just pinched some and steeped. I can't say I enjoyed either one as a tea especially the catnip to me was undrinkable.
I know what you mean Aaron. I had a similar experience with St. Johns Wort. I harvested a bunch and it smelled soooo good, but when I made it into a tea it didn't taste like much at all. I feel like there must be a way to make it nice though, so have to keep playing with ratios. I haven't tried catnip yet, although I've got it growing in the garden. Will have to harvest that this summer. I did scoop up a bunch of red clover. It was okay, I can see it being really nice with honey.
I tend to just add mint to everything if I have any doubts, since I am a bit of a mint-o-holic and it's an easy win since the strong flavor takes over any not so fun ones.
Got it, thanks for the tips. I'll start putting together the post. I am so glad you posted that how permies works link, since even though I've been kickin' around the site for a year I kind of had no idea about most of that stuff so I'll definitely put that at the forefront of the post for sure.
Sorry to have taken things off topic, I guess I was asking questions and brainstorming based on what Paul was mentioning regarding if the kickstarter worked out and all the hypotheticals involved in that. Got me thinking of possible ways to start chipping away at the small stuff to make room for the bigger stuff he was mentioning.
Vida Norris wrote:I wonder if it would be helpful to have a kind of volunteer "job board" that is kind of ongoing where people can check periodically and if they have any of the skill sets required and the time they can hop in the ring and help?
In terms of here at wheaton labs (in "meat space") we have gappers, and other folks in one role or another, and a BIG LIST available to all of what we'd like done. There is always something to pick from to do. We're just still shy on people who have the skills to handle a lot of the items on the list. That's where the funding might help.
Awesome Jocelyn, thanks!! I have just been really digging in to the forums so I am still fairly new to all the ins and outs around here so forgive my ignorance as I stumble through and ask a lot of repetitive questions! That list is super helpful. I wonder if it would be helpful to do a roundup similar to what you just did in a specific thread or is that kind of the purpose/place for it in the tinkering thread in general? I'd be happy to put it together if that seems useful. (unless it already exists somewhere lol)
and yeah I agree with you on the not enough funds/hands scenario. It is true that if you at least have the funds you can hire out or prioritize the biggest things, or it can sometimes at least buy you time. So in conclusion, kind of goes back to the original post of "if the kickstarter is a huge success..."
I do think that there is a possibility. But what would be even better still is if we could figure something out so that we have somebody managing the food systems, AND somebody taking care of a majority of the stuff that seems only I can take care of. Then I can work on all new stuff that has been getting put off for years. I have three books in the works, 14 new DVD projects, 170 youtube videos and there are about 400 new podcasts to create.
I hear you. That does sound ideal to have all of those things happen. I wonder what it would realistically take? I mean obvious first steps would be to have the kick starter go well, then second step would be to find the right people to fill those giant shoes (natural building and food systems). I guess it gets murky with the second part, because how do you start delegating? I wonder if it would be helpful to have a kind of volunteer "job board" that is kind of ongoing where people can check periodically and if they have any of the skill sets required and the time they can hop in the ring and help? I am not sure how that would help for stuff that is on the ground (running workshops or one day events to get big spurts of progress so it's a bit more measurable maybe?) - but I guess even online there is a degree of trust you need to have when you're looking for things of high quality or in line with what you're looking for. I guess another option if things don't go as well is to recalibrate the biggest priorities and try to work through those but that's less than ideal for sure.
I guess I'm writing this because this job is actually something that I want to do. But I've been here for a year and a half now, and I have learned that I am pushing things forward on so many fronts, that I cannot add to my list. And this is currently the most important front. And while there is a lot of enthusiasm here for moving forward, I don't feel that anybody that is here now could really do this at the level I would like it done, let alone teach a PDC.
Is there a way to sort of shift things around so that you're able to take up that position yourself, while having the 'moving forward' stuff taken care of by others, or is it sort of rock and a hard place type of scenario?
I'm sure you've already considered it (or perhaps even gone down that road?), but less qualified people could work on the list you've currently got, so then you could focus on the most important front?
I thought it would be cool to have a thread of people's recipes for super awesome teas from stuff you've harvested - either straight up medicinal purposes or just plain tasty! Or both!
Back story is that I have a friends birthday coming up, and she LOVES bergamot flavored anything. I happen to have harvested some wild bergamot from the garden (not totally the same as the bergamot orange but supposedly has a similar taste and a lot of health benefits!) so I thought I would put together some tea blends for her as a present! Then it got me thinking about what would be a great recipe, and naturally I figured you guys would have tons of ideas or things you have come up with for various reasons. So anyway, what are your favorite tea blends? My all time favorite this year seems to be mullein with chocolate mint!
If there is a thread like this already, forgive me and point it out!
Here's a pic of what's in my cupboard this year (yes I use painters tape to label LOL)
Hey Virginia - just curious - aside from learning about the herbs are you taking those specific ones for health reasons (you don't have to share all the details or anything)
I was just thinking because so many of the herbs are multipurpose and the combinations are endless really, depending on what you're trying to heal, so maybe you could shed some light on what you're trying to improve on with those specific herbs? Might help people give you more suggestions/combinations etc.
Whoa! I was just thinking today how I wish I had lots of different onions in my garden and voila here you are with perennial onions! Even better!! Looking through the gallery - these are fantastic. The douglas onion looks really cool.
This is probably a given but do you describe in the book the growing conditions for your favorite 19 aliums? ie. will they grow in my cold Canadian garden! Also, is the whole plant edible or just certain parts?
Thanks so much Stephen - I should have asked what perennial plants could you live without Probably would have a much shorter list huh?
The one major thing that gets me pondering about your book is how incredibly diverse and expansive the edible perennial plant landscape is. I have had moments when I've not been sure exactly what I should plant in terms of edible perennials, since so much of the focus is generally on growing annuals it seems like a lot of perennial plants have gotten lost in the mix aside from the usual suspects. I also think that it seems to me there needs to be a major shift in perspective when it comes to considering what to eat. Seems to me like we're really limited by being accustomed to what's in the produce aisle of the grocery store whereas your book gets me really pushing to think differently about food and planting- so thank you!
I also dig everyone's suggestions as well! Nicole I didn't know that about nettle. I just got to know it more intimately last year when I made the mistake of trying to weed a few things out of my daughter's garden. After my hand stopped stinging I realized two things: 1) Awesome!! I have nettle!! and 2) I am never weeding again.