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Medicinal Trees

When most of us think of medicinals we think of herbaceous herbs, but Dave shows us how we can effectively use the trees all around us (even in cities) as herbs.

This is a really informative series of videos by Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinders Wilderness School in Ohio. Dave seems like a great teacher.

These videos are focused on trees of the “Eastern Woodlands” but luckily many of these trees grow widely across North America.

Hunting for Jewelweed (Touch-Me-Nots)

Don King of theMushroomHunter.com in Ohio talks jewelweed, a wild plant that is often found near nettle patches. The seed pods taste like sunflower seeds, according to Don, and can be used to stop the itching from insect bites and irritant plants (like the nettles who are often their neighbors).

Hunting for Ramps (“Spring Leeks”)

Don King (no, not the boxing promoter) of TheMushroomHunter.com in Ohio shows us how find, recognize and harvest ramps.

Cavan and Tom Patterson of Wild Purveyors, a wholesaler of wild edibles and organic produce sources in and around Pittsburg, emphasize harvesting ramps sustainably. They say that it takes seven years for a ramp to grow from seed to full maturity, so how you harvest them is important.

Why Everyone Should Own Chickens

Danny at Soulsby Farm writes on why chickens are good livestock to raise as well as giving lots of information on how to get started (selecting your breed, finding chicks a good reference book on chickens and how to feed and water them). He’s also posted neat pics of the coop building process and of his flock.

Danny and his family live on a small farm in Hudson, Ohio. He writes “We believe in sustainable farming from organic heirloom seeds and are strongly against GMO’s. We grow everything organically and let our hens free range around the garden (and sometimes the neighbors yard).”

Check him out at his blog The Soulsby Farm: A Very Small Farm.

Find out more about the non-profit he started, Project Garden Share (especially if you’re in that part of Ohio as they’re looking for donated seed, plants and tools) connect individuals in need of food with people who grow gardens.

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