Birch is an amazing ally in restoration, food, medicine, shelters, and provides remarkable gifts for starting fires. Even in the wettest conditions, you can rely on Birch to give you the tools you need to stay warm, dry, and cook your food. Birch is host to fungi that are some of the most powerful immunity enhancers accessible to people in Northern Ontario. In times that are uncertain, Birch's spirit remains as it does in landscapes that have experienced devastation...They are pioneers of growth and gifts for all things.
Plantain; Plantago major
It is interesting how Plantain (Plantago major) helps to heal the earth and human beings in astonishingly similar ways. When the Earth is trampled on and scarred, Plantain is one of the first who appears with its renewing, restorative energy. When human beings have a wound, a sting, or a disturbance on their skin, Plantain... Continue Reading →
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.
How to Grow, Harvest, and Make Medicine with Elderberry
Elderberries are enthusiastic and energetic growers that can never be tamed. They are extremely useful shrubs that are magnets to incredible amounts of wildlife, medicine makers, foragers, wine makers, and foodies. Learn about making Elderberry syrup, harvesting and growing techniques, and how to propagate this wonderful shrub.
Balsam Poplar! Learn how to harvest, grow and make balm of gilead from this beautiful tree.
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.
White Pine; the Grandmother of the Forest
White Pine! Cultural uses, make tea, steams, harvest inner bark, make salve, harvest pollen, and how to grow
The Local Food of Northern Ontario
The importance of local wild food of Northern Ontario. Spruce, Blueberries, Pickerel Weed, White Pine, Cattail
Learn about the gifts of Labrador Tea. How to make wild spice blends, how to make cough syrup, how to grow, how to harvest, sustainable harvesting, and how to propagate.