In praise of plantain

The Amazing Golden Thread
Bushcraft on Fire
Plantagos, Plantains
Eat the Weeds
Common Plantain
Northwest Forager
Nature’s Miracle Healer
Rick Van Man
Plantain – Anti-bacterial band-aid plant
Wisewoman Tradition
 – Ken McCarthy

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Insights from the healing forest

Ethnobotanist and herbalist Rocio Alarcon grew up in the Andean highlands of Ecuador in a family that respected and used plants, depending on them for their daily survival.

As a young adult she received an academic training and then went to the Amazon to conduct her real studies.

In this talk from the excellent YouTube channel Herb TV, she discusses the social dimensions of ayawaska use and other shamanic practices … Read more

The other pharmacy


Everyone knows (i.e. has been indoctrinated to believe) that when you’re not feeling well you go to the pharmacy for over-the-counter meds.

Or – if you have the time, the money, the patience and a decent doctor – you go to your doctor for a prescription.

While it’s great that these resources are available when needed, there’s a wee bit of a problem with this:

1. In 2010 alone, there … Read more

Small scale urban farming

Lots of people have the dream of farming as a living.

If you feel this in your heart, what’s stopping you?

If your image of farming is owning 20 acres in the country, maybe it’s that image that’s getting in your way.

You can grow, you can make money, and you can get started with a lot less than you think.

Farming is a business and if you go about … Read more

All the leaves of the forest

If you knew the story of all the leaves of the forest, you would know all there is to be known about the gods of Dahomey.

– Dahomean proverb

– Ken McCarthy

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