Too big to feed?

We’ve had banks that are “too big to fail” that have, in fact, completely failed the financial needs of the economy.

The result?

Financial devastation that millions have yet to recover from.

How about the big agribusiness industry?

Are they getting too big to feed?

This report says: Yes.

You can download a PDF copy here that contains a detailed report on this issue.

Download: TOO BIG TO FEED

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African Rice in the Hudson Valley: A local food project of great cultural and historical importance

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Ever Growing Family Farm is engaged in a radically innovative act…

They’re successfully growing rice in the Hudson Valley of New York on otherwise marginal land using traditional methods perfected over centuries by farmers from the Senegambia region of West Africa.

After two successful harvests, it’s time for them to get their own rice milling equipment.

They’re halfway there. Let’s … Read more

Inspired agriculture

“Permaculture” is a buzz word, but what does it mean?

It’s simple really: Cooperate with nature.

The method: Observation.

“Create natural cycles, then nature will work for you” says permaculture pioneer Sepp Holzer.

This video explores his famous permaculture farm, Krameterhof, 1,500 feet above sea level between the pine tree monocultures of Austria. He has successfully used groundbreaking techniques such as using ponds as reflectors to increase solar gain for … Read more

Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi


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The ideal introduction to plants, herbs and “weeds” would be to have a grandmother (or grandfather) take us by the hand through the fields and woods from an early age.

In these “modern” times, few of us have that experience. Our guest on this installment of PlantWisdom.org, Dina Falcone, certainly didn’t.

Dina grew up in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, an urban … Read more

Plant Spirit Medicine

What are plants?

Dumb bundles of cellulose that exist merely to do our bidding?

Sophisticated bio-chemical factories that are the source of countless medicines – and medicines to come?

How about this?

“Plants know us and love us as grandchildren.”

What is a grandparent?

Someone older than you…someone related to you…someone who cares about your well-being…someone in a position to help you in profound ways.

Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) in his … Read more

“Weeds are part of our future”

Earlier this year we did an interview with Tama Matsuoka Wong of MeadowsandMore.

It was one of our most popular programs so I thought you might like to see her TED talk.

If you’d like to help our publishing efforts here at Plant Wisdom – and we can certainly use the help – consider contributing to our parent company The Real Food Channel that makes this programming possible.

Thanks and … Read more

Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Juliette de Bairacli Levy was born in Manchester, England in 1912.

After studying veterinary medicine at the University of Manchester, she decided to spend her life traveling the world studying the herbal healing practices of people in Mexico, France, Spain, England, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Algeria, and French and Spanish Morocco.

Her research was particularly valuable because she gathered much of her knowledge in the era before the widespread use … Read more

Introducing Skullcap

In this video, we learn about a specific plant (skullcap), a specific herbalist (7 Song) and how a good herbalist approaches plants and healing.

7 Song is based in Ithaca, New York, in a beautiful area of Upstate New York.

In addition to lecturing, teaching and maintaining an herbalist practice, 7 Song is also active in the Ithaca Free Clinic, which is staffed by volunteer physicians, herbalists, acupuncturists, and other … Read more

Native American medicine traditions

Matthew Wood talks about the traditional Native Americans approach plant medicine and healing.

Being forest dwellers, Midwestern and Eastern native people developed special expertise in the use of roots and barks.

Wood is the author of:

– Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987)

– Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, originally entitled The Magical Staff (1993)

– The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)

– The Practice of … Read more

Herb effect terms

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Very soon after you start reading about herbs, you’ll come across technical names that describe the kind of things particular herbs are good for.

Don’t be intimidated by these terms.

They’re just fancy names for simple concepts.

Need to stimulate the flow of bile from your gall bladder? You need a “cholagogue.”

Need to control or stop the flow of blood? Reach for a “hemagogue.”

Are you a mom with … Read more