Violets in Permaculture- Forage A Feast For The Senses

Foraging violets takes me straight back to my childhood, not just to real events that occurred, but also to the dreams I had as a little girl. When I was little, one of my favorite things to do in spring was to find a shady spot under a fruit tree, brush my hands over

Foraging Conifers – an Unexpected Friend

Foraging Conifers is Permaculture if done right. When most people think of Permaculture, they think of lush polycultures, chicken yards, tree guilds, or perhaps water catchment. One thing that most people don’t associate with Permaculture is foraging, but foraging, if it’s done ethically, is definitely an element of a Permaculture system. An important goal

Wild and Weedy

For many years I waged war in my garden. I dug dandelions out of my lawn, using a tool called Grandpa’s Weeder, and I made huge piles of wilting Sheep’s Sorrel, which slowly dried up in a distant corner by the big pine tree. Every summer my back complained, and every spring the weeds returned

Coming to Terms With the Dirt

The Dirt. A few weeks ago, after pondering all the chaos in the world, I decided to sow seeds for winter crops like beet greens, hardy lettuces, arugula, and cilantro. The rains hadn’t yet come, so I knew I was in for some hard work. I took my shovel and hori knife and turned

On Anxiety and Grief in the Time of Ecological Collapse

I’ve always had trouble sleeping, but in recent years it’s gotten much worse. I used to stay up deriving formulas on my ceiling before a calculus exam, or running through a piece of viola music in my head, to see if I had it memorized. Perhaps I was anxious, and rather than count sheep

The Magic of Elderflowers

Lace leafed Elderflower This year we’ve had an unusual amount of rain, which is heavenly after the years of intense heat and drought we’ve had recently. The plants are ecstatic, growing rampant, rioting all over the yard. Early in the morning, I stand in the still humid air and breathe deeply, reveling in

The Magnificent Nettle

Nettles thriving in the shade of a Japanese Maple Have you ever eaten stinging nettles? Believe it or not, they are delicious and good for you. Urtica dioica, stinging nettles, contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as several B vitamins. They also contain calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium, as

By |2023-06-30T00:33:36-08:00May 6th, 2022|Food Preparation, Foraging, Herbs, Recipes, Wild Food|0 Comments

In Praise of a Most Noble Fruit – Saving the Planet, One Quince at a Time

They call me the Queen of Quince. That sounds a bit Seussical, but it is God’s truth. I cannot pass a quince tree with indifference or treat it with insouciance, nor can I waste even a single slice of its fruit. My friends and acquaintances know of my obsession, and every October they pick

By |2023-12-27T19:33:51-08:00November 23rd, 2021|Food, Food Preparation, Food Supply, Foraging, Recipes|0 Comments


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