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Natural History

Guidance for the Wild Harvest

March 14, 2018

Something brought you to this post, that innate need for learning, a passion for plants, or a desire to understand how to make simple, pure medicines. With the help of Briana Wiles, author of Mountain States Medicinal Plants, you’ll learn about how to harvest foraged medicinal plants safely.

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A sneak peek at The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

February 27, 2018

Discover how L.M. Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables.

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An interview with Scott Freeman of Saving Tarboo Creek

February 22, 2018

“Ethics start at home and expand outward. We can’t expect someone else to defend what we value—we have to do it. That means taking care of the place that is your place in the world.” —Scott Freeman

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Native pollinators we should all bee talking about

February 8, 2018

Native bees are the middle children of the bee world. Honey bees get all the press—the books, the movie deals—even though they came over from Europe with the early colonists. With more and more native bees becoming threatened and endangered, it’s time to highlight some of the many iconic native bees. Here are a few local profiles from Paige […]

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Hive you heard about the Pacific Northwest’s native bees?

February 8, 2018

Burrowing in cow patties and snail shells, pollinating a plant that hits back, and crossing the road to get to the other side—the native bees of the Pacific Northwest are as eccentric and unique as the people that call this region home. Learn more about these Portlandia pollinators from Paige Embry and Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators and […]

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The forgotten pollinators: All the buzz about North America’s native bees

February 2, 2018

Native bees are the poor stepchildren of the bee world. Honey bees get all the press—the books, the movie deals—and they aren’t even from around here, coming over from Europe with the early colonists.

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Avonlea with an A

January 30, 2018

During the course of her life, Lucy Maud Montgomery published twenty novels, more than five hundred short stories, hundreds of poems, and numerous essays. But it was her first and remarkable novel, Anne of Green Gables (1908), that garnered her a worldwide audience. The enthusiastic response to the book spurred an immediate request for more stories about […]

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Mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition

January 23, 2018

Which edible mushrooms are the favorites of survivalists? Of chefs? Are humans the only animals that feast on fungi? What kind of preparation makes a mushroom the most nutritious? Learn about using mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition from experts and authors of Mushrooms of the Southeast, Todd F. Elliott and Steven L. Stephenson.

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What is a natural life?

January 22, 2018

If you are entering adulthood right now, you will need to find a balance between the consumer life that dominates global media and advertising and a more natural life. To do so, you will need help from elders—parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. A more natural life is a braver choice, because it doesn’t conform to […]

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Poverty of values: Why we should love nature and use things—not the other way around

January 22, 2018

“It’s not difficult to find evidence that something is badly out of balance in the current version of the good life—the one based on consumption.”

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