“Wildcrafting and Homesteading updates” include Marc’s recent cold and the foraged herbs he used to feel better. Marc made elderberry syrup and Mindy made a basket from a common reed. (Phragmites spp.)
In this latest installment, herbalists Mindy and Marc discuss winter preparation and homesteading updates; a successful shiitake mushroom grow kit, one crocheted mitten, and a failed soap making experiment. They respond to a listener email, and more…
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” is a silly herbal rhyme. Need I say more?
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Eupatorium perfoliatum or Boneset. This beautiful herb has been utilized throughout the ages as a cold and flu agent!
The Autumn New England rain has covered the landscape with mushrooms. Mindy and Marc discuss their findings. They include chaga (Inonotus obliquus), fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), and they believe the white glowing mushroom is destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera).
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” highlights the arrival of autumn. Is he happy or sad about it?
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Matricaria recutita, or Chamomile. This lovely flower is the Astor family and has been used for centuries as a helpful digestive aid, sedative, and wound healer.
The Worldwide Herbal And Foraging News articles are this one, this one, and this one. College Universities collaborate with a goal of helping students to eat healthy, octogenarians gardening, and women in agriculture.
Updates: Mindy and Marc navigate their way to an orienteering class!
Mindy and Marc are back at the bunker! It’s a crisp New England night (finally) with crickets chirping in the background. Mindy was in New York for a few days wildcrafting, while Marc stayed in Boston making winter herbal tonics and dehydrating more basil.
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us (more like reprimands us) to get our herbal preparations ready.
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Ocimum Basilicum! Commonly known as Basil. Marc highlights some features of this amazing herb, talks about the 60+ pounds he grew in his tiny city backyard, and of course, some basil mythology.
“Wildcrafting with Marc and Mindy” discusses acorn foraging, seed saving, and finding (possibly eating) newly discovered chicken of the woods mushroom!
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Women farmers, women farmers making millions, and a dad challenging his family to a 100 day “eat what you grow or raise” challenge!
Updates: Mindy and Marc are now in beekeeping school!
It’s a solo (mini) episode with only Marc (Mindy is sewing in the background).
The herb of the podcast is Peppergrass (Lepidium species). Also known as poor-man’s pepper, this spicy delight is in the mustard family.
Marc highlights the successful lecture/demonstration titled ‘preserving your harvest’ conducted by Mindy and Marc at a community garden in East Boston last week.
In addition, Saturday and Sunday September 24th and 25th from 10am-5pm, herbalist Margi Flint will be teaching her first ever Reading the Body class. And, Saturday October 22nd,herbalists and witches Sean Donahue (green man ramblings blog) and Kirsten Hale (the crazy herbalist) are teaching their Death Liberation and Ecstasy class. Both of these will be held at 10 Central St Marblehead MA for only $100 each. For more information visit www.earthsongherbals.com or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, we received an email inquiring about scientific research on shinrin-yoku. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has several links. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html.