Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

It's hot, and delicious tea herbs are abundant!  Take a cue from the weather and keep the fridge stocked with herbal iced teas.  If you'd like to relish these teas again after the flowers have faded, try herbal ice cubes and popsicles for a year-round treat! Right now, my family is enjoying homemade lemon balm, … Continue reading Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

High Summer: July Wild-crafting Journal

High summer is all about the herbs of the field.  Harvest your St John's Wort flowering tops now, as the flowers hold all the life phases at once: buds, blooms, and seeds.  Harvest the late roses for syrups, oxymels, sugar and salt, dried for tea, and every other delicious thing under the sun.  Rose hips … Continue reading High Summer: July Wild-crafting Journal

Supporting Garden Allies: August Garden Tip

Nourish the workers!  Allow stands of blooming wildflowers to flourish near your garden to attract pollinators and predatory insects. Small basins to collect water in the garden provide a mid-meal break in blistering heat to beetles including ladybugs, as they fight the good fight on your behalf--and the birds like it, too, as they scour … Continue reading Supporting Garden Allies: August Garden Tip

Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

Get ready for roots! One of the most common questions I'm asked is when to harvest roots. Autumn is the perfect time to dig roots, as the plant has stored up lots of good carbohydrate energy to get it through the winter. The most fortuitous time of the fall for digging roots is the dark … Continue reading Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

New England Aster is almost here!  This has become one of my favorite early fall medicines to harvest.  It is so fun to be out in the sun on a crisp, early fall day, picking beautiful purple flowers at the end of the season.  Often I'll harvest some wild apples or Eliagnus berries while I'm … Continue reading New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

High Summer Apprentice Program

Have you wanted to do our in-depth apprenticeship, but lacked the ability to commit to the whole six months? This is a shortened version of our traditional apprentice program, intended to accommodate those with schedules that can be flexible over shorter periods, like teachers and students. The shortened apprenticeship runs Mondays plus 1 weekend a month … Continue reading High Summer Apprentice Program

Growing Milky Oats: April Garden Tip

Oat is a short-season, cool weather crop.  Once the weather gets hot it does its baby-making thing and goes to seed, which means you missed the milky stage.  Oat is direct-seeded as soon as the ground can be worked, which in my climate is April but for many people is March.  I often plant oats the day I … Continue reading Growing Milky Oats: April Garden Tip