Journal

Elderberry Kombucha Tea

Summer

Elderberry Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a healthy carbonated probiotic drink. Slightly sour, fermented and loaded with beneficial bacteria to aid in healthy digestion and boost overall health.  This recipe adds the much loved elderberry syrup to provide a sweet flavor that is nutritious too.  Elderberries are excellent for supporting the immune system and flavoring your homemade kombucha with elderberry syrup makes this a highly medicinal beverage wonderful to have on hand.

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Herbs for Chickens

Summer

Herbs for Chickens

Learn about what Herbs are safe to use in your Chicken coop.

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Seaweed Harvesting

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Seaweed Harvesting

Learn about different seaweed varieties found in the Pacific Northwest such as: sea palm, bladderwrack, bulb kelp, sea condoms, feather boas, cystoseira, nori, turkish towel, sea lettuce, kombu, dulce and wakame. In this post we share how to identify, harvest and prepare our favorite varieties.

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Nesting Bouquets

Spring

Nesting Bouquets

Nesting Bouquets Providing nesting bouquets for the birds in early spring is a fun way to attract birds to your yard.  Collect natural materials and fibers such as alpaca hair or dog hair, lavender or rosemary sprigs, small twigs, usnea, cattails, feathers and moss.   You can also use natural twine, just be sure to cut pieces 2 inches or shorter to avoid entanglement.  Gently tuck them in so that they are easy for the birds to pull out and carry back to their nests.  Pack all the materials into a wire suet, willow ball, grape vines or hanging terrarium.  This is...

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Wildcrafting Etiquette

Spring

Wildcrafting Etiquette

Wildcrafting Etiquette Wildcrafting is gathering wild plants for food or medicine and a wonderful way to connect with nature.  It is quite simple and also incredibly fulfilling to get to know the plants around you and creates a sense of self sufficiency.  When taking the time to harvest plants for food or medicine there are some simple things you can do that can make the experience better for both you and the plants.  Using your intuition and knowledge is key to deepening your connection with them.   It's important to harvest plants at their optimal growing time of year and...

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