Forest farming of herbs

Dr. John Munsell of Mountain Rose Herbs

Three benefits to this:

1. It’s a way to “add value” to forest land to keep it from being clear cut

2. It builds local communities in depressed areas

3. Higher quality

Historical note:

Forest farming is probably how the Mayans, Amazonians and other Native people grew medicinal herbs.

How do we know?

We constantly find medicinal plants in denser concentrations than … Read more

Demolishing mushroom myths

Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com demolishes many of the “what’s safe/what’s not safe” mushroom myths.

Here’s Adam’s course on mushroom foraging.

– Ken McCarthy
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Plant wisdom by the side of the highway

The first rule of plant wisdom is keep your eyes open.

The second rule of plant wisdom is ALL plants are sacred, no matter what they are or where they are.

The third rule of plant wisdom is that the plants in your backyard are as “exotic” and mysterious – and powerful – as plants deep in the Amazon rain forest.

There is beauty and power everywhere.

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Two of my favorite plants

Enjoy!

Mullien

Lemon Balm

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Mugwort

Korean TV documentary on medicinal uses

The film refers to May as optimal harvest time, but, of course, that differences from place to place.

How wonderful it must be to live in a country that has “modern” medicine and deep herbal knowledge too.

The second half of the video is a bonus: Korean Qi Gong.

– Ken McCarthy
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What’s Not To Love About These Wild Plants?

A walk through the wild spring woods with Adam Haritan

The glorious eastern woods

Hey, do you live near southern Michigan? Can you get there?

Adam will be teaching at this annual fun gathering of foragers in June.

www.willforageforfood.com/index.php/6th-annual-great-lakes-foragers-gathering/

– Ken McCarthy
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Plant Wisdom talks with LearnYourLand.com

In the woods with Adam Haritan

A deep dive into the eastern woods

Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com

You can click here to see Adam’s growing library of videos.

My hope: That people all over the world see these videos and some are inspired create ones of similar quality and depth.

If you’re an Eastern Woodlands person, they will amplify your love and appreciation of where … Read more

Nettle

Click here for more from Adam and LearnYourLand.com

– Ken McCarthy
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“The Ingenious Botanist in the Mountains of Tajikistan”

A mediation on human dignity.

A short documentary on the daily life of a botanist in the mountains of Tajikistan.

Not a whole lot of specific plant information, but insight into the soul of a plant lover and a look at the rich plant life in an environment you don’t expect to find much.

It’s also a portrait and reminder of what human life is like away from our overdone … Read more

High tech air purification with houseplants

In the 1980s, NASA spent millions of dollars on how to deal with unhealthy indoor environments.

They were interested in the big challenge of purifying air on space stations and long space flights.

Here’s what they came up with…

Houseplants.

The simplest plant to take care of:

Sansevieria laurentii, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” and “snake plant.”

The original NASA paper is here:

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

The specs

Still more

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