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Make the most of fresh herbs with this simple syrup

February 4, 2016

In Culinary Herbal, authors Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker detail how to grow and preserve 97 of the most flavorful herbs. Here, they share a recipe for simple syrup, used in beverages and fruit salads, or on desserts from ice cream to cake.

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Medicinal herbs: 2 recipes for a healthy family

January 15, 2016

Plant-based medicines offer many healing possibilities for the body, mind, and spirit. JJ Pursell, author of The Herbal Apothecary, shares two of her favorite recipes, perfect for keeping your family healthy through the winter.

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Midwest foraging: 3 common plants you didn’t know were edible

August 12, 2015

Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these common plants with the help of Midwest Foraging author Lisa M. Rose. So many of us are seeking a connection to the land and to each other. Foraging, local foods, and community gardening connect us in a deeper way to the world around us. That need for escape […]

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Foraging in the Southeast: 3 invasive plants that make for good eating

May 22, 2015

Become an invasivore and eat your way to a healthier planet with help from the author of Southeast Foraging. I often get asked, Why do you forage? I forage because I love how rich and diverse nature is in the South and I love food. Foraging leads you to delicious, nutritious wild foods, is sustainable, […]

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Words to live by: Quotes that inspire practical permaculture

April 30, 2015

Just as permaculture is inspired by natural systems, co-authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein hope to inspire you to more sustainable gardening with their book Practical Permaculture. The following quotes are some of the words that inspired them to such practices and to write about it.

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A permaculture homestead

April 28, 2015

An inside look at how (and why) Practical Permaculture co-author Jessi Bloom turned her property into a permaculture homestead.

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3 questions for LaManda Joy

March 20, 2015

The Start a Community Food Garden author on getting involved in gardening and in your community.

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Community garden activities for all-season fun!

January 8, 2015

Start a Community Food Garden author LaManda Joy’s tips on how to keep community gardeners engaged and entertained. Each season brings its challenges and opportunities. The needs of the growing season naturally dictate potential activities or programs, and during your busy building and planting season, there are lots of reasons for people to be together […]

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Earth Food

November 19, 2014

Written by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, authors of What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?, this post originally appeared on their blog. Earth Food David has been talking about storing summer bulbs, and it got me thinking about all the things we who live in cold climates do to prepare for winter. As gardeners we […]

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Foraging for mushrooms? Here’s how to avoid becoming a poisoning statistic

November 7, 2014

Guidelines to help you avoid the dark side of mushrooming from the authors of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Ask most Americans or Canadians what proportion of mushrooms are poisonous and likely they will say it is high. This leads to the common perception that eating wild mushrooms is a risky business on par with […]

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