zurcian braun

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foraging woodworking greening the desert
Currently staying with a friend near the four corners, usa
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Wow these are all awesome responses, thank you! Excited to know that chaga has a home over here too.

Jocelyn, do you make tea with the whole roots of Oregon grape?
2 months ago
Hi. I'm here in nothwest WA for the winter (im from the northeast originally) and would really love to stock up on some nice plants for hot beverages. Obviously things are limited this time of year (other than conifer leaves). But any roots, bark, lichen etc that you love, I'd love to hear about it.
2 months ago
Hey there, a lot of people have their personal approach to how much they collect and how much they leave behind for everyone else, which I think is great. But I really love that you are engaging in a directly reciprocal relationship with the plants that are giving you such an incredible gift. By spreading seeds (or roots) you are engaging as an active participant in the landscape that you live on... as indigenous humans had been doing way before colonization. This is how the original "food forests" existed.

The other piece that for me goes beyond percentages etc is really intently observing shifts in my landscape. Are the plants that I am foraging thriving or are they struggling? If they are struggling, can I tend to them in a way that supports them? Eg trimming back "invasive" plants, introducing fire to the landscape, bringing forth policy at the town level to protect threatened areas, or helping usher plants to more appropriate habitats as climate shifts. All of these things are within the realm of possibility when these plants are part of our livelihood. So I guess my point is that just by foraging with consciousness I think you are helping these plants thrive.
2 months ago
Hey there John (and others in the PNW area), I'm curious if you implemented any of these ideas and how it worked out for you.
2 months ago
Hey there, any progress with this?  I'd love to see some pictures/hear some updates.  How deep are your trenches and how much space between wood and planting inside the trench?  What will you plant on your mound to hold the soil? Best, Z
8 months ago
Hi all,

I'm trying to do some restorative work at a friend's place in Northeast Arizona and he has quite a few natural springs and some wells that have gone dry in the last 10-20 years.  He thinks that the Russian olive trees (Elaeagnus angustifolia) are to be blamed.  They have really taken hold and can be found growing anywhere that there is water, has been water, or where there is sometimes water.  My suspicion is that this is more to do with a larger issue of things drying out around here in a big way but I was wondering if there might be any merit to the theory that Russian olives are soaking up the spring water for themselves.  

Thank you for your time!
8 months ago
Ooo also, Rebecca, do you know Jason and Kaitlyn?  They're friends of mine who were shepherding in Ladakh.
8 months ago
Hey all, thank you for the detailed responses. Rebecca,  I would love to hear about future progress.

For this spot here, I guess a more specific question might be about the volatility/stability of nitrogen in whatever form that it's in when in manure.  This isn't a giant heap of manure. But horse and cow droppings that we have collected from around the landscape.  It's been in the baking sun all day, thoroughly dried and just crumbles when you squeeze it.  My guess is that a fair amount of that nitrogen has been lost but that's just an assumption. Any thoughts?

Thank you again!
8 months ago
For desert tactics I would add Waffle Gardens to the list.

ABQ Stew
8 months ago
Hey there thanks for the reply.  Yes compost is my religion.  Just here at a friends place who wants to get their garden (edible) going with what they have available to them right now.  Thanks for the info about the nitrates/nitrites!  
8 months ago