Preserving · Wildcrafting

Creating A Living Winter Food Tree For The Animals

When our younger boys were preschool age, they attended a forest school, that was all outdoors. The first year we decorated the forest and made living winter food trees for the birds and squirrels that call the area home year-round. It's a really fun project for the long Thanksgiving weekend, when the children are bored… Continue reading Creating A Living Winter Food Tree For The Animals

Essential Oils · Wildcrafting

Finishing The Intermediate Herbal Course by Herbal Academy

This past week I finished and got my certificate in the Intermediate Herbal Course from Herbal Academy. Finishing it meant I had completed the Family Herbalist Path. It was a long course, and taking it over the spring and summer months didn't help it go fast. I worked on it at night, when I had… Continue reading Finishing The Intermediate Herbal Course by Herbal Academy

DIY · Preserving · Wildcrafting

Building an Herb Pantry

Over the years, every summer and early fall I always harvest both herbs I grow, and local ones I can sustainably harvest (for example Nettles), and I dry them to preserve for use all year, to build a herb pantry. For example, I always stock up on Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and so on. Nothing from… Continue reading Building an Herb Pantry

Gardening · Homesteading · Recipes · Wildcrafting

Dandelion Muffins

Wildcrafting and foraging are an addicting hobby, and if you want to start your hand at it, picking Dandelion flowers is very easy. They are simple to identify, and so easy to source (and no worries about picking too many either!) Dandelion Muffins are a tasty way to enjoy them, and to get others to… Continue reading Dandelion Muffins

DIY · Essential Oils · Homesteading · Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting Douglas Fir Essential Oil

Years ago, when I found my love of hiking and the outdoors, it opened up my eyes to the plants and trees around me. But, overall while I could identify wildflowers and native trees, I knew nothing about why they might be valuable to use in other ways. Starting our homestead has led me to… Continue reading Wildcrafting Douglas Fir Essential Oil