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John Saltveit

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Food forest in a suburban location. Teaches grafting and helps people learn how to grow food. Involved with a local food exchange group.  Shares cuttings and knowledge with schoolchildren.
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Recent posts by John Saltveit

Hi Dr. Tilgner,
I have to fight the flu in the winter, when most of my plants no longer have leaves.  I was going to try to plan this year and make some plant medicine while the leaves are still on to prepare myself.  What herbs can you recommend in a temperate climate to fight viruses like the flu?
Thanks,
John S
PDX OR
2 days ago
Astragalus is a revered ancient Chinese medicine. Autumn crocus is a revered herb and medicine.  Many of these are foods if prepared properly. Apples are one of the most important foods in temperate climates,and don't have to be prepared.  How we eat is a crucial part of human culture.
John S
PDX OR
3 days ago
Good clarification and details. 
John S
PDX OR
3 days ago
This is a great T-shirt. As you can see, it is a really cool design that is supporting sustainability. It may be running a bit small, but it fits me just fine.  It is very comfortable and feels like it is well-made. The color of the design and shirt blend well. It's also not too heavy, so great for summer.   I love it. I give it 9/10 acorns.

John S
PDX OR
4 days ago
Astro:
I worry that some people will read your post when it says "Mycorrhizae like Phosphorus" and put more synthetic phosphorus into their garden. That is absolutely the wrong thing to help phosphorus to become more bioavailable to plants.  Mycorrhizae are able to use the phosphorus that is not bioavailable in the soil, but if phosphorus is added they won't make that happen.  By the way, we are nearing "Peak phosphorus" as it has been mined aggressively for hundreds of years, and they are almost out. We will need to start to use the mycorrhizae to devel0p the phosphorus already in the soil.
John S
PDX OR
4 days ago
I have been growing horseradish for 20 years.  I eat tons of the greens. I put them in rice, beans, pasta, or any similar dish.  I don't till and it stays in the same place. Cruciferous vegetables fight cancer and help our gut microbiome. This is, in my experience, the easiest and most productive cruciferous vegetable to grow.  I am amazed how few people eat the leaves. I am anti-cancer and I vote, with my mouth.
John S
PDX OR
1 week ago
I would love to see up to date pictures of the Beacon food FOrest in seattle.  My wife's family is up there and we tried to visit several years ago but it was mostly ideas back then.

This is all I got from the web:
http://beaconfoodforest.org/tours/audio/

Here is some info from Boston's:
http://bostonfoodforest.org/boston-nature-center/

Portland has many small public permaculture projects distributed around the metro area. I have worked on some. 

Seattle's Jim Paxton just threw a no-hitter, although I admit that it is a bit spooky to think about Giancarlo Stanton batting next to Aaron Judge.
Between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Go Red Sox.  Overall, Go Mariners and Beacon Food Forest.

Go Permaculturalizing your own space wherever you are. Yes, that is a word, because I just made it one.

John S
PDX OR
This is great stuff Redhawk,
It fits in well with the grounding work of Dr. Stephen Sinatra and many naturopathic and Native American traditions. Many doctors are publishing papers on microbiology, particularly in the soil as it gets into our gut and the diversity of both the soil and the human gut and how it relates to both the health our our environment and of our bodies.
I am very interested in the book when it comes out.
Thanks,
John S
PDX OR
2 weeks ago
THey are kings of phosphorus as well. We are nearing peak phosphorus.  The guano mines off the islands of S. America have made a few into zillionaires, but they are all mined out. Phosphorus is getting very expensive very quickly.  While they are at it, they eat mosquitos, apple maggots, and codling moth..  Some people even like to hear their song, and think they're pretty.
John S
PDX OR
3 weeks ago