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Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, or putting on feast nights at wheaton labs (the permaculture community where she lives with her guy, Paul Wheaton), or helping achieve further world domination for the richsoil.com/permies.com empire.
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Two simple things I learned about dandelion greens and other bitter greens from John Kallas (http://wildfoodadventures.com/about/john-kallas/) on a wild edibles walk at 21 Acres a few years back:
  • dandelions are less bitter after a good rain (or lots of irrigation) - it doesn't matter if they have bloomed or not
  • cooking / sautéeing in fat and protein (like bacon, ham or vegan/veg alternative) helps reduce the bitter


  • Edit:  here is a picture from *summer* dandelion greens picked here at wheaton labs. It was July 2016 (not 2017 which was DRY, dry, dry!) and the leaves were still remarkable nice and wide - full of moisture making them less bitter.
    8 hours ago
    Thanks for reviving this with a mention in the daily-ish, Anne Miller! 

    I took a couple simple photos last fall. The first one shows half gallon mason jars that I keep in the freezer for scraps. In the photo, I have filled them with cold water to thaw the scraps so I can get them out and in to the crock pot. It takes a bit of shaking.

    The second is a very full crock pot of scraps. I love using crock pots, and this batch was humming along in November when the extra heat in the house was a good thing, but I need to kick that habit and get better about using the haybox cooker in the summer or on hot days.

    We do vegan broth a lot (just veg and mushroom scraps), or a combined meat bone and veg broth from bones we save after a meal. Some folks like to put a splash of vinegar in to help get the calcium out of the bones (or veggies?). Some folks even add egg shells to theirs. I once saw a cook add coffee grounds to his broth to dark and flavor it, but I don't like the idea of caffeine in my broth, so I don't do that!

    If there are days we anticipate a lot of veg cooking, we start a crock pot about half full, and add veggie scraps as we go, until it's full.

    8 hours ago
    If I was the type to squee I would. I'll skip happily between the hugels though!
    Here's an image of that for you:



    Yes, how to harvest that energy....though actually, I want to better learn how to deflect the bullshit in the first place. Some kind of mental martial arts deflection, where an artful dodge just lets the crazy fly right by, harmless.

    1 day ago
    I know someone who feels this way about bagpipes, too.



    2 days ago
    A friend of mine found this list left in a shopping cart.

    That combo of things.... bwahahaha!

    Have any other funny lists?

    2 days ago
    Choose just one?! Uff, that's tough.

    So many that I love (hello leeks, onions, garlic - hey was garlic on the list?, asparagus, artichokes, squash, sweet potatoes...), and we're eating loads of lambsquarters and chard fpr our greens these days, which I also love. Though I chose the humble potato, since it seems to be "the food of my people" and quite a comfort food at times.
    3 days ago
    From the food & drink at the project thread, I recently posted my favorite breakfast: greens and eggs.



    It's my favote thing to wander the garden in the morning picking greens, herbs for tea, and flowers either to eat or for bouquets!
    3 days ago
    The only thing missing in Joseph's shot are overalls! And those carrots are just epic!!

    I love this idea!! Can't wait to see some more pics.

    I'd love to take a picture of Paul for this...but maybe that's not fair....


    4 days ago
    Dianne, it's lovely to hear a perspective about using natural, not synthetic, nitrates from celery. I would really like to go this route. Thank you.

    Since I posted this recipe, I have learned how to use our rmh smoker, so I would really, really like to try this recipe with celery and actually smoking it.

    Maybe later this fall when my schedule just might slow down a bit...

    5 days ago