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Mullein as Medicine

  • Posted on: 5 November 2016
  • By: Chappell
first year mullein rosette

It's mid autumn. Leaves are falling in clusters of color as the days go faster, and the night grows longer. The sap runs in rivulets from the bark of the old white pine. We've collected fallen pine cones which are heavily encrusted with this fragrant medicine this year.

in case of emergency

in tibetan buddhism there is a saying: "our greatest enemy is our greatest teacher"
i have never considered anyone an enemy, i might be someone's enemy, but never intentionally, and i would never reciprocate. enemies do not exist in my belief system ... until saturday, february 27th. that day i came upon my enemy. my enemy was not a person, and in fact, my enemy took no sentient form at all. it was an extenuating set of circumstances: the circumstance of being unprepared for a dire medical emergency with our working dog: alone, without a vehicle or a phone, for days, just me, the internet, and my dog.

on mutual sustainability and wildcrafting

  • Posted on: 23 February 2016
  • By: Chappell
the first liberated elderberry and clematis pile in background

there is a symbiotic relationship between wildcrafter and the plants they harvest... it's important to provide in kind for them. wild harvesting doesn't mean simply taking what is there. it means establishing a working relationship, fostering the plants' health and well being, so they can do the same for you. including a how-to on propogating elderberry from cuttings.

deer spring seedlings

  • Posted on: 18 February 2016
  • By: Chappell

the seed are all sorted and ready to go into soil. neat alphabetized lists have been compiled to keep us on track with everything to be planted in a timely fashion. our cold crops and slow germinators now fill numerous seeding trays with many, many more to complete.

snow zen

  • Posted on: 22 January 2016
  • By: Chappell
jonas has arrived

in the middle of making seed lists, and reading about bee keeping while anticipating spring's arrival, a giant winter storm looms on the horizon. so many times forecasts of snowmaggedon produce little results. a part of me is betting the snow won't come...


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