Willow fills me up with the forces of Nature it so bravely inhabits. This tree is truly the interface of water and earth. It is an indispensable force in the landscape, in places in need of restoration, as an abundant nectar and pollen source for pollinators, and as a medicine. I am amazed at the... Continue Reading →
Forests as Food; A Reflection of Restorative Forest Agriculture
What most people fail to realize when looking at our current food systems is that agriculture as we know it is a relatively recent way of interacting with the Earth. And often a very destructive one. For time immemorial, people lived and sustained themselves in rich ways within forest based systems. This took place in nearly every part of the world, and still do in many parts today.
Embracing Invasive Species through Food, Medicine and Bio-fuel
Invasive species of plants are a complicated issue in our present world, spawning much controversy. These plants are introduced usually by humans intentionally or unintentionally, and have very aggressive habits of growing that can overrun native species and habitats. The introduction of them have been responded to by herbicide companies in efforts to eradicate them.... Continue Reading →
Cattail; A Plant of a Thousand Gifts
Cattail! There isn't anything out there like it that has such important gifts of food, building, skin care, or who is such a steward of the landscape and waterways. At every part of the season Cattail shines it's unique pieces.
The Importance of Oyster Mushrooms in Healing the Earth
When it comes to pollution, what are some viable ways we can help the Earth to remediate? Oyster mushrooms open up many opportunities for restoration.
Regenerating the Forest with Coppicing
Have you ever wondered how we could harvest trees in a way that is not only sustainable, but regenerative? Learn why coppicing is such a valuable tool for forestry management, homesteading, biomass and more.
7 Powerful and Simple Ways to Give Back to Nature
Giving back to Nature can be a beautiful and creative way of living. The gift doesn't end there. It's meant to be shared, carried on, and eventually returned in a changed and yet even stronger form. How do we give back for the things that we have taken? This is a question I find in the deepest foundations of my life.
Planting Apple Seeds in a Changing World
Learn about apple seeds, and the importance of seed propagation, crop diversity. Learn how to plant apple seeds in the fall.
The Local Food of Northern Ontario
The importance of local wild food of Northern Ontario. Spruce, Blueberries, Pickerel Weed, White Pine, Cattail